OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit, collaborated with Aetna, a CVS Health company, to offer free eye exams and glasses to 333 children and adults in the Pittsburgh area. Out of the patients seen, 96 percent needed glasses. The three-day charitable clinic was sponsored by Aetna.
The event addressed unresolved vision needs for individuals and families throughout Pittsburgh who may otherwise lack access to eye exams and glasses. Leveraging OneSight’s proven clinic model and manufacturing capabilities, most participants in need of glasses received their newly prescribed, quality eyewear on-site. The vision clinic took place at the CVS Health Workforce Innovation and Talent Center located inside of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
“Given the barriers many Pittsburgh families face in accessing necessary health care services, such as vision care, Aetna recognizes the need to meet people where they are and facilitate access to eye exams and glasses at a location that is convenient to them,” said Mike Cole, Keystone President and North Atlantic Territory Lead, Aetna. “Collaborating with providers such as OneSight allows us to continue to deliver on our commitment to communities to bring our heart to every moment of their health.”
According to a study by OneSight and Deloitte, there are more than one billion people globally who need glasses, but don’t have access to get them. Studies show that clear sight can dramatically impact learning, job performance and earning potential. Clear sight can help students learn up to twice as much in school and can help increase a worker’s productivity by 35 percent and enable them to earn 20 percent more.
“Thanks to Aetna’s dedicated partnership and generous support we’ve been able to provide access to eye exams and glasses to those in need in the Pittsburgh community,” said K-T Overbey, President and Executive Director, OneSight. “We know that access to vision care can be life changing, and we’re grateful to Aetna and our doctors and volunteers for helping us ensure that lack of access to vision care is not a barrier for the Pittsburgh community.”
For more information about vision care and how to get involved, visit OneSight.org.
OneSight is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement and potential. From one-week charitable clinics to long-term self-sustaining vision centers, OneSight delivers quality eye exams and glasses to underserved populations globally. In 33 years, OneSight has served 10 million people in 50+ countries and has provided permanent vision care access to more than 42 million people.
Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.