From November 17 to 19, OneSight, a global vision care nonprofit, and North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC), an organization that empowers North Atlanta residents through emergency assistance, partnered to offer free eye exams and glasses to over 275 children and adults.
“NFCC is excited to partner with OneSight to connect families in the community to this impactful medical resource,” said NFCC Director of Assistance Carol Swan. “Vision care is essential, but also elusive for those who are financially vulnerable and can’t afford it. This is a great opportunity for our community, and we are proud to work with OneSight to help them realize it.”
Studies indicate that more than one billion people worldwide need eyeglasses, many of whom do not have access to vision correction. Furthermore, three out of every four adults require glasses or contacts.
75 Percent of Adults Need Vision Correction
The three-day charitable clinic with free eye exams and glasses was sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company, which contributed $50,000. The event addressed unresolved vision care needs for North Atlanta’s who may otherwise lack access.
Let’s now take a closer look at some other important vision statistics:
- Of the 75 percent of adults that need vision correction, 64 percent of them wear eyeglasses (11 percent wear contact lenses)
- More than half of women wear glasses
- 42 percent of men wear glasses
- 30 percent of the U.S. population is nearsighted
- 60 percent of the population is farsighted
- Computers are a leading cause of vision complaints in the workplace
- 1 in 4 children has a vision problem
- Over 20 percent of teenagers require vision correction
- 10 million Americans have had Lasik surgery since it was approved in 1999
Americans spend 23.7 billion dollars on eyewear every single year, and the average cost of one pair of eyeglasses is $268. The average adult replaces their glasses once every year, but children typically outgrow or need to replace their glasses two times a year.
1 Billion People Needs Eye Exams And Glasses
More than 1 billion people around the world need eyeglasses but don’t have them, researchers say, an affliction long overlooked on lists of public-health priorities. Some estimates put that figure closer to 2.5 billion people. Most adults older than 50 need reading glasses — more than 1 billion people in the developing world, according to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness — though the vast majority simply accept their creeping disability.
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.
“Aetna is committed to extending care to all those who are in need,” said Aetna Market Leader Richard Weiss. “The opportunity to support an event with such a positive impact on the health of the Atlanta region was a natural one. It’s something we saw clearly.”
“We’re so happy to have been able to support the North Atlanta community with vision care this week.” stated Dawn Yager, OneSight Program Manager, “We appreciate the support from Aetna, North Fulton Community Charities, and so many volunteers and doctors to enable this vision clinic to happen.”