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!