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Clayton students receive free eyecare

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Last month, Clayton Schools participated in a project known as “OneSight,” a charitable vision-screening initiative conducted by the Luxottica Group Foundation. School officials say 50 students received free eye examinations and eyewear.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Last month, Clayton Schools participated in a project known as “OneSight,” a charitable vision-screening initiative conducted by the Luxottica Group Foundation. School officials say 50 students received free eye examinations and eyewear.

For five years, the Clayton County Schools Social Work Department has partnered with the Luxottica Group, in an effort to identify, and refer, eligible students in need of vision services.

Last month, the district participated in a project called “OneSight,” a charitable program conducted by the Luxottica Group Foundation.

School officials said the foundation provides free eye examinations on pre-screened students, from kindergarten through high school, based on their financial and vision needs.

According to officials, 50 students received full vision exams and new eyewear –– free of charge –– from the local LensCrafters and the Pearle Vision Optical Center in Morrow. School officials said LensCrafters and the Pearle Vision Optical Center are members of the charity group.

"Since this giving project first began in 1993, more than 250,000 people have been helped nationwide,” said Vickie Jenkins, a school social worker, who coordinated the program for the Clayton school district.

Students, who were eligible for the free services, were referred to the eyewear locations and got full eye exams by licensed optometrists.

“This year, our local LensCrafters and Pearle Vision Optical Center opened their doors early to provide free optical exams and new eyewear to eligible Clayton County Public School students,” said Jenkins.

According to the Luxottica Group Foundation’s web site, OneSight combines more than 20 years of innovation from three former charitable programs, which include: Give the Gift of Sight, the Pearle Vision Foundation in North America, and Community I-Care in Australia.

These programs combined to form one global foundation, officials said. Since 1986, the foundation has provided free vision care and eyewear to more than 7 million modest-income families and residents around the world.

According to web site, the foundation has also donated millions of dollars to research and education.

School officials said the free eye examinations take place once a year, usually before the Christmas holiday break.