NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Optical Academy continues to service community members in its latest venture to provide ambitious Entrepreneurs with the tools to change the delivery of Eyecare and Eyewear forever. The organization, after seven years of market research and development, deliberated with The i-Franchise Group to offer eager Entrepreneurs and Eyecare Providers a chance to join them in their $40-Billion-Industry takeover.
Optical Academy is now offering mobile Eyecare and Eyewear Franchises, to expand their service to additional communities.
After servicing the largest unions in the National Education Association, and performing on significant contracts with the New York City Department of Health and Department of Education, the corporation is ready to share their formula to continue providing cost efficient Eyecare and Eyewear at the convenience of their consumers on a much larger scale.
Industry research has provided that 70% of children who fail a vision screening never get follow-up care by an Eye Care professional. Statistics also provide that 60% of employees who have a vision plan never utilize their benefits. Optical Academy created a revolutionary solution by providing Eye Examinations and Eyewear directly to children and teachers in the comfort of their own school, and to employees in the convenience of their own workplace.
To see Optical Academy in action, visit The Franchise Show on February 16 &17, 2019 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in booth 215.
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Meet the 2-time EY Finalist Abby Ayoub, CEO of Optical Academy. She and her team are disrupting a 34 Billion Dollar industry, The Optical Industry. Optical Academy provides On-Site Eyecare, Eyewear, and Eyelab services for the largest Department of Education in the country and the largest Education Association in New Jersey, Along with their members and families.
“It’s and honor to have been chosen as a 2-time finalist among all the amazing CEO’s announced. My team and I will make them proud. I hope to have Optical Academy franchise opportunities available in 2017. We are proud to be the leaders in On-Site Eyecare and Eyewear in the USA!”
Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In New Jersey, sponsors also include PNC, DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, Pine Hill Group, Murray Devine and SolomonEdwards.
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Optical Academy is providing more than 30,000 temporary housing students and over 30 schools with on-site eye exams, eyewear, and same-day labs in just 16-weeks for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).
“We love our partnership with the NYCDOE who believes in us and our onsite eye care program to provide better care for the most fragile students of NYC. In New York alone, we provide hundreds of thousands of students with the best on-site eye care and eyewear; helping each child grow and learn in the classroom and live their life to the fullest. We are excited to show what we can do with our proven on-site model while helping every child see a beautiful day, every day,” said Abby Ayoub, CEO, Optical Academy.
New York City is one of the most fragile and diverse school systems in the U.S., and they understand that all children need to have access to the best vision care to support their students. Optical Academy provides more than eye care; they tailor their communication and services for educators, administrators, children and their parents helping them understand the need for a comprehensive eye exam beyond a basic vision screening.
Ayoub said, “Screenings are basic and commonplace across our nation’s schools. More than 70% of those that fail a screening never get a real eye exam. Basic screenings often hurt more than help when compared to a proper eye exam because a screening cannot identify the unseen issues, such as color-blindness. Schools are going digital and educators using smartboards and computers means a child who is color-blind can’t see all the colors and struggle to keep pace with their peers. That’s why Optical Academy brings eye exams, eyewear and same-day glasses to the schools of New York and other states. Having our lab on-site means children get their glasses and do what they do best – explore, discover and learn.”
The statistics say a lot about what needs to change in schools across the United States. Optical Academy’s partnership with the NYCDOE is at the forefront in making change a reality and affordable.
- 80% of what a child learns is through their eyes and before a child turns 12 years old.
- Over 90% of children needing glasses don’t have them or even know they need them.
- Over 25% of school-aged children in the US have a severe vision problem that affects their learning, and over 90% of these problems can be treated and corrected right on-site.
“With the learning and expertise gained from our partnership with New York’s DOE and DOH, Optical Academy is now in conversations with similar organizations across the country. We have changed the delivery of eye care locally. With the help of our partners, we listened, we learned and are now positioned to make a positive change, nationwide,” said Kris Knopf, CRO of Optical Academy.
About Optical Academy
Optical Academy provides On-Site Eye Exams, Contact Lens Exams, and Eyewear at the comfort of your School-Site, Work-Site or Community Event. Eye care and Eyewear has never been more convenient and cost efficient. Eyewear mark-up is insanely high, and we are here to be the community’s vision voice and eye care provider. Many organizations turn to us as their direct vision provider and partner. We will not stop delivering convenient eye care and eyewear until everyone can See a Beautiful Day, Every Day!
Optical Academy (OA) and its sister company, Tele2020, are the leaders in onsite eye exams, onsite eyewear, and onsite lab and lens dispensing that has changed the delivery of eye care for schools, communities and businesses, alike. Their passion brings health care back to the community while ensuring no child goes without a comprehensive eye exam and eyewear.
“Optical Academy started with one purpose, to help everyone see a beautiful day. We didn’t want to be dependent on grants, donations and contributions, we wanted to be known for our passion and work ethic. This enabled us to show the need and value for onsite optical solutions while building deep rooted partnerships with businesses, schools and communities that believe in giving back to others, helping them to not only see better but live life to its fullest. Today, the demand is so great, we are seeking grants and corporate partnerships to help us fulfill our promise,” said Abby Ayoub, CEO, Optical Academy.
Optical Academy’s family of companies also includes Tele2020 which serves businesses and employees, and their newest company, See A Beautiful Day, Every Day, a non-profit 501c(3). Combined, their companies are growing nationally from their roots which started in the Northeast. Having established and proven their leadership position in onsite eye care, they now have active partnerships who share in their passion to provide onsite eye care that provides greater convenience, access, and quality without the markups of more traditional optical service providers. They serve groups, not individuals, in a fun and engaging approach to comprehensive eye care whose quality is second to none and more cost effective.
“Millions of children receive free eye screenings at their schools every year and for those that fail a screening, more than 70% never get seen, even into adulthood. For many, vision care isn’t affordable or isn’t accessible enough with today’s busy family and work life. We are often asked why we waited to create our non-profit company, See A Beautiful Day, Every Day. The reason is simple, we wanted to develop and perfect our onsite model to save everyone who participates up to 50-60%; making it the most cost effective, affordable and comprehensive service right where they live and work, onsite. And because we didn’t want anyone to be left out because they couldn’t afford or didn’t have vision insurance, we provided free eye exams and eyewear for the children. No child should ever have to live without seeing and experiencing life to its fullest. We didn’t want a company, organization or person to simply write a check, rather, we want them to be our partner and share our passion. Because they participate with Optical Academy and Tele2020, See A Beautiful Day, is able to provide free eye exams and eyewear to the children in need. Together, we give back to the community and schools while promoting your companies brand name at our events, putting your logo on the frame cases as a corporate sponsor, and we promote your company in our communications. Today, the need is massive and through corporate partners, grants and other programs – we will fulfill the needs of millions around the country and help every child in need receive a free onsite eye exam and eyewear,” said Ayoub.
About Optical Academy, Tele2020, and See A Beautiful Day, Every Day
Optical Academy and Tele2020 provides On-Site Eye Exams, Contact Lens Exams, and Eyewear at the comfort of your School-Site, Work-Site or Community Event. Eye care and Eyewear has never been more convenient and cost efficient. Eyewear mark-up is insanely high and we are here to be the community’s vision voice and eye care provider. Many organizations turn to us as their direct vision provider and partner. See A Beautiful Day, Every Day provides free onsite eye care and eyewear for those in need through its vendor, corporate and community sponsors.
Eye Care Leaders (ECL), the leading provider of practice performance solutions for ophthalmologists and optometrists, today announced a relationship with Optical Academy (school-sites) and Tele2020 (work-sites) to support their expansion of onsite eye care services to underserved populations, communities and companies, nationwide. Now in its sixth year, Optical Academy’s team of optometrists, opticians and vision technicians have provided onsite quality eye care to more than over 100,000 patients in the greater New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Philadelphia area who otherwise might not have received examinations.
In partnership with Medical Doctor’s (MD), Ophthalmologists and their Optometrists, Optical Academy and Tele2020 have created a true integrated model that has changed the delivery of eye care by offering its suite of onsite services with greater access, convenience, quality and affordability. Their model saves customers and patients more than 50% when compared to other more traditional private and public eye care competing programs. In addition to onsite eye care, their companies also provide online telemedicine for their MD partners and ongoing patient care, through their web-based proprietary portals and online retail store. Integrating onsite, online and in-office patient care enhances every member and doctor partner touch-point, creating a more unique and positive eye care experience that serves them where they want to be met.
Optical Academy works with schools and community partners, including the National Education Association (NEA), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), to set up comprehensive eye exams, eyewear and labs for students, employees and individuals in need of eye care. Exams are delivered in schools and other locations with glasses manufactured at an on-site lab. Optical Academy is expanding their services across the country, including Midwest and West Coast locations, with support from an array of services from Eye Care Leaders. ECL provides an infrastructure that will allow Optical Academy to grow through its industry leading eye care solutions including ManagementPlus EMR, revenue cycle management, and other business solutions. In addition, a separate and comprehensive onsite model is available through Optical Academy’s family of companies, Tele2020. Tele2020 was launched in October of 2016, and provides a unique and equally comprehensive onsite eye exams, eyewear and same day lab services for businesses including but not limited to some of the largest unions in the US.
“Our relationship with Eye Care Leaders allows us to fulfill our mission of providing the best possible care to our patients,” said Abby Ayoub, CEO and founder of Optical Academy, and Co-CEO of Tele2020. “Eye Care Leaders’ business solutions deliver the infrastructure we need to expand our reach across the country almost overnight. We’ll now be able to provide critically important examinations to thousands of children and adults who otherwise might not receive eye care, and to employers and their employees wanting greater convenience and access onsite at the worksite. Our network of MD’s and Ophthalmologists enables us to provide an end-to-end experience that is second to none.”
In six years, Optical Academy has shown significant cost savings for both private organizations and public partnerships, including the NYC Department of Education and NYC Department of Health. Without the typical mark ups associated with a conventional optical shop, in many cases Optical Academy is able to provide eye exams and glasses for less than the cost of a basic screening. Their sister company, Tele2020 provides customized solutions for businesses and their employees with the same added convenience as Optical Academy, including visual ergonomics that tailor’s their onsite eye care and wellness for every aspect of that business.
“We are incredibly proud to work with Optical Academy and support their commitment to expand eye care services to deserving patients,” said Jim All and, president of Eye Care Leaders. “We believe in their mission that everyone deserves quality eye care, and are thrilled that our solutions offer Optical Academy the tools they need to bring their services to patients across the country.”
About Optical Academy
Optical Academy provides On-Site Eye Exams, Contact Lens Exams, and Eyewear at the comfort of your School-Site, Work-Site or Community Event. Eye care and Eyewear has never been more convenient and cost efficient. Eyewear mark-up is insanely high and we are here to be the community’s vision voice and eye care provider. Many organizations turn to us as their direct vision provider and partner. We will not stop delivering convenient and comprehensive onsite eye care and eyewear until everyone can See a Beautiful Day, Every Day!
About Eye Care Leaders
Eye Care Leaders (ECL) is a family of companies that serves more than 6,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists, with the common goal of improving the efficiency, profitability and competitiveness of eye care practices. ECL brings together the most trusted names in electronic health records including Medflow, Integrity EMR, MDoffice, ManagementPlus, IO Practiceware and EyeDoc, in addition to a comprehensive suite of business solutions including revenue cycle solutions, analytics and benchmarking, patient retention and acquisition and capital financing. With a sole focus on eye care, ECL understands the challenges physicians face, and brings solutions to complex challenges to help practices reach their goals and succeed. For more information, please visit www.eyecareleaders.com or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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(1/23/2017 – Clifton, NJ) — Optical Academy (OA) is excited to announce that Dr. Vitto Mena has joined the company as their Director of Sports Vision, reporting to the CEO of Optical Academy, Abby Ayoub. In this role, Dr. Mena will be responsible for leading the delivery of Optical Academy’s onsite eye care program and establishing a new sports vision program in support of the company’s focus on national growth expansion. Working directly with sports teams and schools, he will drive education about the importance of sports safety eyewear and enhancing the athlete’s performance on and off the field.
“At Optical Academy, good is never good enough. I joined the company to enhance my ability in helping others through our innovative approach to onsite eye care so they can excel in their school, their sports and their communities,” said Dr. Mena.
Dr. Mena, member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and American Optometric Sports Vision/Contact Lens section, is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University where he focused on specialty contact lenses (scleral lenses) and sports vision. He has traveled internationally providing free eye care to the people of Haiti, served as the student-president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians (NJSOP) and was inducted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. In addition, he has worked with the New Jersey Special Olympics Opening Eyes and Lions Club International programs, which provides vision care to athletes and coaches, and provided vision care for a nationally known professional football organization.
“In the past few months we have deployed new innovations to continue our vision of changing the way eye care is delivered, nationally, for business worksites, government agencies, schools, communities and now, sports. Dr. Mena is a natural fit for our growing company and adding a sports vision program will help us serve athletes of all ages and help them achieve their full potential,” said Ayoub.
Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States. School-aged children who participate in sports account for more than 100,000 physician visits each year, with costs in excess of $180 million. Protective eyewear and a proper vitamin regiment can help strengthen the athlete’s eyes and overall performance. Creating an integrated sports vision program will reduce more than 90% of sports related eye injuries including the use of safety glasses, goggles, contact lenses and eye guards designed for each specific sport.
About Optical Academy
Optical Academy provides On-Site Eye Exams, Contact Lens Exams, and Eyewear at the comfort of your School-Site, Work-Site or Community Event. Eye care and Eyewear has never been more convenient and cost efficient. Eyewear mark-up is insanely high and we are here to be the community’s vision voice and eye care provider. Many organizations turn to us as their direct vision provider and partner. We will not stop delivering convenient and comprehensive eye care and eyewear until everyone can See a Beautiful Day, Every Day!
This Saturday, 10/29/2016, in partnership with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and Camden Education Association and Community Schools, will host a free vision care event at Camden Dudley Elementary School located at 2250 Berwick Street, Camden, NJ, 08105.
The Camden Education Association knows that 80% of what their students learn begins with how well a child sees. For the 70% of students who fail a school vision screening, many of whom can’t afford a comprehensive eye exam and glasses, there’s hope.
“Our educators lead with their hearts every day and the parents of our students rely on us to help ensure their children get the best learning experience in one of the most economically challenged and dangerous cities in the US. For many, the school setting is a home away from home and we are committed to ensure every child can see properly, accelerate their learning and achieve their dreams, now and into the future. Changing their lives today, creates future leaders, doctors, CEOs, teachers, moms and dads of tomorrow,” said Nancy Holmes, NJEA Field Representative.
As a valued NJEA partner, Optical Academy has provided onsite eye exams and eyewear for NJEA leaders, schools and communities for more than 6 years. This weekend’s event will also include Optical Academy’s newest company, “See A Beautiful Day, Every Day” (SABDED). SABDED is a non-profit company that provides free onsite comprehensive vision care, exams and glasses for those who lack access and the ability to pay for proper eye care, locally and nationally. Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, SABDED and Optical Academy will begin seeing students and their families.
“We are so thankful and appreciative of our partnership with the NJEA. Through the Camden Education Association and Community Schools grant program we will have all hands on deck and no one will be turned away. While the event is expected to have between 350-400 attendees, we will be onsite to see everyone that attends because everyone deserves to see a beautiful day – every day,” said Abby Ayoub, CEO of Optical Academy and SABDED.
See A Beautiful Day, Every Day started in 2016 with one focus – helping others get proper vision care who need it most. While they have held numerous events throughout the past year, this weekend will commemorate their official launch as the company goes national in 2017.
“We are overwhelmed with excitement about our newest program and through our most valued partnerships with NJEA and other community focused organizations who are giving back to the communities they serve. Giving the gift of sight to children who are under-served and lack access to proper vision care gives them a brighter future so they get to dream without limits, live out loud, and have a real chance at a better future by making a difference, now,” said Ayoub.
About Optical Academy
Optical Academy provides On-Site Eye Exams, Contact Lens Exams, and Eyewear at the comfort of your School-Site, Work-Site or Community Event. Eye care and Eyewear has never been more convenient and cost efficient. Eyewear mark-up is insanely high and we are here to be the community’s vision voice and eye care provider. Many organizations turn to us as their direct vision provider and partner. We will not stop delivering convenient eye care and eyewear until everyone can See A Beautiful Day, Every Day!
CLIFTON, N.J., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Abby Ayoub
Clifton, New Jersey
CHOSEN BECAUSE… “Abby is doing it alone and we are amazed at how far she’s gone because of her passion to serve. She mentors us daily, has created a profit share program and many incentives for us to grow individually within the company. She cares about every aspect and turns no one away if they cannot afford our services.”
Abby Ayoub fell in love with the optical industry at a young age and has never left. She crossed paths with a 15-year-old girl named Kelly who had a tumor that blasted her retina, went into her brain and pushed her eye all the way left. Kelly annually failed her school’s vision test and wasn’t able to see an optometrist. That’s when Ayoub founded Optical Academy—which provides onsite exams and eyewear at school sites, work sites, and other communities.
“Through Optical Academy’s Eye-To-An-Eye program, all patient and worksite purchases help provide the best care for the under-served and under-privileged”.
When she served on the Council for VCA, 18 years ago, data showed that, “over 70 percent of children who fail a vision screening never get seen.” Because that remains unchanged today, Ayoub works to address the problem with the way eyecare is delivered, especially to underserved children.
SHE SAYS… “I have a mission and purpose that is stronger than the bottom line. I am an entrepreneur and not afraid of failure. I love to create, do things differently and have a passion for people. I excel by fueling that nut daily and hope I can be the largest player in the optical industry too.”
Optical Academy is the fastest growing vision company in the USA with over 660% growth in the last 12-months – see more at: http://mobile.visionmonday.com/article/innovators-vm0718#sthash.DUBhLf5C.dpuf
Media Contact: Shadia Richardson, Optical Academy, 1-800-530-2730, Shadia@optical-academy.com
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