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OneSight Vision Van Clinics Provide Free Vision Care and Eyewear to Students in Need

Community collaboration by OneSight and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation brings vision care to Indianapolis

April 18, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of Indianapolis-area students will receive comprehensive vision exams and new eyewear free of charge this week at Vision Van Clinics thanks to a collaboration between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and OneSight, a leading charity dedicated to providing sustainable access to quality vision care, eyewear and sun protection to those in need around the world.

The need for vision care among children is especially critical. According to the American Optometric Association, up to 94 percent of children with reading problems have reduced visual skills.

“Eight percent of what we learn is visual, yet one in four students in North America has an undetected vision problem,” said Dr. Jason Singh, O.D., OneSight executive director. “We believe every child deserves access to quality vision care. Our Vision Van Clinics enable us to provide high quality exams and eyewear to those that need it most. We appreciate our collaboration with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield whose generous grant funds make it possible to help thousands of students see better and learn better.”

Since 1995, OneSight Vision Van Clinics have provided eye exams and new glasses to more than 13,000 children throughout Indiana. During its upcoming visit, OneSight doctors will provide care to 225 students during the two-day clinic supported by Anthem volunteers.

Known as “Eyeleen,” OneSight’s Vision Van is a 40-foot mobile optical facility with state-of-the-art exam and lab equipment. Patients receive comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses manufactured on site. Before each Clinic, volunteers work with local community organizations to identify and schedule students in need of the Vision Van’s services.

On Thursday, April 18, several Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees will volunteer their time helping students through the exam process with OneSight doctors.

“We are honored to support students in Indianapolis through our sponsorship of the Vision Van Clinic,” said Rob Hillman, president and general manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. “This event is important to us. In addition to giving back to the community through our grant, we also encourage our employees to get involved and as volunteers at the clinic.”

Working alongside Anthem volunteers are local doctors and associates of Luxottica retail brands, including LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical and ILORI.

Note: Vision Van services are scheduled through local community partners; walk-in appointments are not available.

About OneSight
The need for vision care is staggering — 733 million adults and children worldwide suffer from vision loss. For 563 million, a pair of glasses would restore their vision. OneSight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to solving this global crisis by providing sustainable access to quality vision care, eyewear and sun protection to those in need around the world. Since 1988, OneSight has helped more than eight million people and has granted more than $7 million to fund optical research and education.

Luxottica is proud to be the founding global sponsor of OneSight. Luxottica-affiliated doctors, independent doctors, employees and community partners come together to volunteer their professional skills and expertise to give back to those in need by helping deliver OneSight’s charitable programs. www.onesight.org.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana
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