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It takes a village to raise a child

All products and services proceeds, Onsite, online, and in office, go to helping uninsured and undocumented children and fragile community members receive free eyecare and eyewear.

Because of our Valued Customers and Clients

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Qualified Staff

We have amazingly qualified professionals, who do their jobs with fun and care.

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Childrens Program

It all started with the program for children, Did you know 70% of vision issues  with children can be corrected if detected and treated early, Our goal is to see and treat every child, and help them see a beautiful day everyday.

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Adults Program

After successfully extending our program to kids, we are proud to announce it for adults as well. Optical Academy has served over 32,000 NJEA Members!

The Need

Vision is an essential part of everyday life, influencing how Americans of all ages learn, communicate, work, play, and interact with the world. Yet millions of Americans live with visual impairment, and many more remain at risk for eye disease and preventable eye injury. Over 61% of the population or 177 million people in the United States need some sort of vision correction according to Jobson Research. 61% need eyewear due to “nearsightedness” (myopia) and 31% need vision correction due to age related “farsightedness” (presbyopia). 12.2 Million adults require some sort of vision correction but don’t use any. 48% of parents with children under 12 have never taken their child to an eye care professional. There are more than 57M enrolled school-age-children in the US. 40% will not receive a basic vision screening and more than 60% of those who have a screening and fail do not receive the necessary follow-up eye examination. Preventing vision problems and maintaining healthy eyes for all children from birth through adulthood must be a public health priority in the US. Undetected and untreated eye disorders, such as amblyopia, strabismus and uncorrected refractive errors among others are major child health problems directly associated with poor reading and other poor school outcomes. These and other detectable vision conditions are important causes of development disabilities.

The Opportunity

Since 2011, the Optical Academy (OA) has provided more than 300,000 comprehensive eye exams and glasses to children, single mothers, families, and communities through its innovative approach of delivering vision care through its onsite and online services. Changing the delivery of eye care requires the ability to accept private managed vision care insurance, Medicaid and equally important caring for those who lack access and the financial means to see life the way it was meant to be seen – beautifully, every day. Between 2011-2016, the OA has provided extended their services to more than 12,000 children and family members as part of their onsite eye events. In addition, they have sponsored over 60 free events, with total donations exceeding $700,000, in schools and communities where the participants (patients) were unable to pay for any vision care and eyewear services.

The Solution 

In 2015, Optical Academy created a new program called “Eye To An Eye” where a portion of OA’s member generated revenue was allocated to help pay for free onsite eye exams and glasses to those in need. The OA was approached by several state programs in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania but can only utilize vision services provided a company with non-profit status. In January, 2016, See A Beautiful Day, Every Day, LLC (SABDED) was developed as the non-profit company solely focused on providing free comprehensive eye care services for those in need and lacking the economic ability to pay for proper eye care. SABDED passionately services all children, family members and communities because every person deserves access vision care.