Luxottica and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) have partnered to provide Optometry students the opportunity of a lifetime. Lack of access to vision care and glasses is a global health issue affecting 1 in 7 people worldwide. This spring, 25 select Optometry students will travel to Tanzania to experience the global vision crisis firsthand and the life-changing power of clear sight.
“The student support and interest in joining this unprecedented experience was overwhelming,” states Erick Henderson, the President of the AOSA. “The selection committee, comprised of student leaders from the AOSA and other leaders of the American Optometric Association and World Council of Optometry, reviewed nearly 500 applications from highly talented students to identify the 25 to receive the opportunity for an experience that will fuel their passion and careers for years to come.”
Dr. Singh added “The profession of optometry looks incredibly bright if these applications are any indication of the talent and passion who will provide eye care in the near future. Excellence in patient care remains a core focus for our Luxottica affiliated doctors, whether in their practices or on a OneSight clinic. This team will humbly care for thousands of patients while building lasting friendships and memories that are often created by service experiences. OneSight represents the heart of our company and our passion to provide clear vision to those in need.”
On the trip, OD students will work under the supervision of Luxottica Retail affiliated ODs performing comprehensive eye exams. They will also help support a core team of Luxottica volunteers in the frame fitting, manufacturing and dispensing of new eyewear. For the 25 OD students selected, Luxottica will cover expenses associated with the clinic, including airfare, accommodations and meals.
OneSight is the leading organization focused on bringing both sustainable and urgent vision care solutions to the communities around the world. To date, OneSight has helped 9 million people in 46 countries see clearly. By 2020, OneSight will provide ongoing access to vision care to over 20 million people.
Luxottica and the AOSA are proud to announce the 25 Optometry students selected to attend the OneSight clinic in Tanzania. The selected students who represent 16 leading Optometry schools across three graduation years are: Lananh Ngo, Jessica Ward, Melissa Tawa, Tristan Barrueco, Jed Harrison, Tiffany Nguyen, Sarah Gleason, Jessica Thornton, Maryam Khan, Hieu Nguyen, Sara Banilohi, Danielle Sabelli, Darlene Kim, Hannah Greenfield, Katherine McCracken, Julie Schaefer, Caitlin McQueen, Jaclyn Chang, Fayiz Mahgoub, Brittni Rodriguez, Denis Shlosman, Carly Grondin, Shane Stevens, Paul Krabill, and Jessica Bodamer.