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Hundreds of Uninsured Georgia School Children to Receive Free Eye Exams and Glasses
Date:1/15/2009

ATLANTA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) and OneSight, a Luxottica Group Foundation, have partnered to bring the OneSight Vision Van, "SeeMore" to Georgia from January 21 to 23. Henry County Schools pre-selected more than 300 students from kindergarten through high school based on their financial and vision needs to receive free vision care, including full vision exams and new eyewear. Held at the Luxottica Retail Distribution Center (100 Greenwood Industrial Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253), local doctors, community partners, BCBSGa associates and brokers, as well as employees from LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical will provide care and assistance during clinic hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily).

According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-aged children has visual disabilities that affect their ability to learn. Approximately 80 percent of all learning during a child's first 12 years is obtained through the eyes; yet 86 percent of children do not receive a vision exam during that time.

"This collaborative effort to bring the Vision Van to the greater Atlanta area will help make a meaningful difference in the lives of children who might not otherwise have had their vision needs met," says Monye Connolly, president, BCBSGa. "Our hope is that this service will provide these children with improved self-esteem and a better opportunity to live life to the fullest."

"OneSight provides important opportunities that help children succeed in school and, ultimately, in life," said Jane Walters, OneSight Captain. "We have seen many cases where a pair of glasses has made the difference in helping a child accomplish greater scholastic success or simply see clearly for the first time. Watching a child's face light up as the world comes into focus is something I will never forget."

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