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VSP Global Program Helps 1 Million People Receive No-Cost Eye Exams, Glasses

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – VSP Global has announced that 1 million adults and children in need have received no-cost eye exams and glasses through Eyes of Hope, the company’s initiative to increase access to eyecare and eyewear where it’s needed most. Since 1997, VSP Global businesses have invested nearly $175 million in products and services for people disadvantaged by income, natural disaster or distance to care.

To increase access to eyecare for those in need, Eyes of Hope initiatives include gift certificates that provide no-cost eye care in a VSP doctor’s office, mobile eyecare clinics, and eyewear donations. The earliest – and still active – Eyes of Hope program distributes gift certificates to ensure school-aged children have access to quality vision care. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, VSP developed mobile eyecare clinics to provide eyecare and replace lost or damaged eyewear for community members and first responders while supporting vision care providers who lost their practices.

“Eyes of Hope has consistently continued to grow in sophistication and innovation, providing both immediate and sustainable solutions for vision care globally,” says Jim McGrann, president and CEO of VSP Global. “We’re tremendously proud to be celebrating this milestone and look forward to increasing access to quality vision care in even more communities in the future.”

In celebration of the milestone, VSP will host a two-day mobile eyecare clinic event at Monarch School in San Diego to provide eye exams and glasses to both students and their family members. The Monarch School is operated by a public-private educational partnership and serves more than 300 students impacted by homelessness. VSP provides services to Monarch on a semi-annual basis dating back to 2014.

More than 12 percent of residents in the San Diego metro area lack health insurance of any kind (including vision care), a figure that accounts for more than 400,000 individuals. Many more are underinsured. Across the United States, one in four children have an undetected vision problem.

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“By bringing eye care directly to Monarch students and their families at our school, VSP is helping to meet a need that’s often overlooked,” says Erin Spiewak, CEO of Monarch School. “Even if they do have vision coverage, many members of the Monarch community – like so many others across the country – are simply unable to travel significant distances to receive care. That’s why a flexible, mobile program like Eyes of Hope is so important.”

Aside from eye-specific issues, through a comprehensive eye exam, optometrists can also detect early signs of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and even spot tumors.

As a result of reaching 1 million people, VSP Global has committed to helping another million. This initiative, Eyes of Hope: a Million More, will provide access to eyecare to 1 million more people by 2020. The initiative launches in May with a 2016 partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where immediate and sustainable access to no-cost eyecare and eyewear will be provided in 10 cities.

VSP partners and members are invited to check out the conversation using the hashtag #MillionPossibilities. Post a picture with the hashtag and a short personal definition of how seeing clearly enables you to do something you love.

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EssilorLuxottica Enters Fortune Magazine’s 2019 Change the World List

It’s at the 17th spot on the list.

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(PRESS RELEASE) EssilorLuxottica has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the 17th spot on this annual prestigious list, which recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. Among 52 companies, the Group is honored in particular for its commitment to bring good vision for everyone everywhere and eradicate poor vision, as part of its mission to help people ‘see more, be more and live life to its fullest’.

Even though a pair of eyeglasses can answer most of the world’s vision needs while protecting and framing the beauty of our eyes, the lack of awareness and access have led to a global vision crisis with severe social and economic consequences for billions of people.

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The ranking highlights EssilorLuxottica’s efforts of “doing well by doing good” and how its action to address issues of vision health across the world has a significant positive social impact on people’s lives, while also representing a significant shared value opportunity. With 6.6 billion people on the planet estimated to be in need of vision correction by 2050, of which 5 billion will be affected by the myopia epidemic, taking action without delay is key.

Hence, EssilorLuxottica exists to give vision a voice and respond to the world’s growing vision needs by meeting the changing lifestyles of existing consumers and inventing new ways to reach the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision and the 6 billion people who do not protect their eyes from harmful rays.

One of the Group’s initiatives include the launch of the 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5NVG) and BoP Innovation lab by Essilor in 2013, a line of more affordable and stylish prescription glasses targeted at the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision, of which 90% live in base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) economies. With the help of more than 600 partners – from governments to NGOs to corporates – 2.5 NVG and the BoP Innovation Lab have enabled access to a pair of glasses for more than 25 million people across 62 countries in need of vision correction, and empowered nearly 12,000 micro-entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses, providing sustainable access to vision care to 250 million people.

Luxottica as well, through its support for OneSight, an independent non-profit organization of which the company is the founding sponsor, provides access to quality vision care and glasses in underserved communities worldwide. Since 1988, OneSight has partnered with local health organizations, governments, school districts, industry leaders, doctors and volunteers impacting over 21 million people in 49 countries and counting—creating opportunity and sustainable change along the way. So far, it has established 131 sustainable centers in countries like Rwanda, China and the United States, and hosted over 1,420 charitable clinics globally.

Pleased to be recognized by Fortune on their 2019 Change the World list, Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, head of mission at EssilorLuxottica, commented: “Eradicating poor vision is not only a unique business opportunity but a big responsibility for us as an industry leader. If nothing is done, billions of people in the world will continue to suffer from uncorrected poor vision. This will not only have negative social and personal repercussions but will also severely impact various economies in the world. Therefore, we strive to drive innovation across the market with the goal of providing the best vision care solutions, creating and establishing access points, awareness for good vision and bring good vision and quality products to everyone everywhere in the world.”

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Eyemart Express Announces as Senior Vice President of Store Operations

He will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Eyemart Express, a leading national value optical retailer and the fastest provider of quality prescription eyewear in the industry, announced the hiring of Bill Butler as senior vice president of store operations. Mr. Butler will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development. He will work closely with executive and store leadership teams to refine Eyemart Express’ store operations procedures — ensuring the optical retailer’s 203 stores nationwide optimize retail and lab productivity and deliver a world-class customer experience.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill to our executive team,” said Michael Bender, Eyemart Express CEO. “His proven track record in operations, along with his team-centric leadership style, aligns with our growth goals and cultural values. He will be a great asset to our team as we continue to provide our customers with access to affordable, high-quality prescription eyewear through our unique and convenient same-day business model.”

Mr. Butler formerly served as vice president, operations at CVS Health, where he oversaw operations in both the West and Midwest regions. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles at Omnicare, Ardent Health Services and Deloitte.

“I am delighted to join the Eyemart Express team as it grows and enhances the customer experience in stores nationwide,” said Mr. Butler.

Learn more about Mr. Butler and the Eyemart Express leadership team at: https://www.eyemartexpress.com/about#leadership.

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Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

They will open between late August and September.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MASON, OH — Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered to bring national optical retail centers to naval bases in Virginia Beach, VA, San Diego, CA, and Groton, CT, with the opportunity to expand to additional bases in the future. This is Pearle Vision’s first partnership with a military organization and NEXCOM’s first partnership with a national optical retailer.

“Pearle Vision’s partnership with NEXCOM represents a win-win opportunity for both our brand and for the patrons served by NEXCOM,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager for Pearle Vision. “We are pleased to be able to create this new, alternate channel with exciting potential for growth, and we also are proud to support NEXCOM’s commitment to providing valuable, quality products and services to the military personnel at these three naval bases.”

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NEXCOM brings a breadth of goods and services to naval bases to enhance the quality of life for active-duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. The Pearle Vision partnership complements NEXCOM’s strategy to provide value to its patrons through partnerships with national brands such as Wendy’s, Chili’s, Apple, Pandora and UPS.

“This contract with Pearle Vision will support our mission to enhance the quality of life for our military members and their families stationed at these Naval bases,” said Greg Thomas, senior vice president, store operations, NEXCOM.

The three corporately owned Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will open between late August and September. The EyeCare Centers on base will be open to those with a military ID, and online eye exam scheduling will be available at pearlevision.com.

The new Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will feature a selection of premium eyeglass frames and contact lenses.

Following the Pearle Vision model of having eye doctors and retail under one roof, the centers will have optometrists on-site. The EyeCare Centers will accept Tricare and other national insurance plans.

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