Luxottica Wholesale North America Donates Additional $50,000 to Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation

St. Louis, Mo. (Jan. 22, 2015) —Optometry Cares®–The AOA Foundation celebrated a successful end to 2014 thanks to generous donors who support its mission of improving the quality of life of Americans seeking vision care. One of the contributors, Luxottica Wholesale North America, presented a gift of $50,000 to Optometry Cares that will help provide even more opportunities for people in need to enjoy 2015 with clear and healthy vision. 

In addition to its generous end-of-year contribution, Luxottica funded Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP) state association grants in 2014 and 2015. HEHP grants provide funding for implementation of activities that support vision objectives and goals to reduce health disparities. These grants have funded projects that have provided, to name only a few services, comprehensive eye exams for children in need, education about the sight-threatening effects of diabetes for communities at risk, and eye care for uninsured adults. 

"Optometry Cares is very thankful for Luxottica's support and dedication to helping others in need attain eye care," said T. Joel Byars, O.D., Optometry Cares president. "Countless people do not have access to proper eye care and are in need of corrective lenses or require management of sight-threatening eye disease. Thanks to Luxottica's contributions, we'll be able to make an even bigger difference and help people see a better tomorrow."

Luxottica's end-of-year donation will help support of valuable Optometry Cares programs, such as:

To learn more about Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit aoafoundation.org.

About Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation:As optometry's premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission - expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE, as well as the public-private initiative Healthy Eyes Healthy People®;administer Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit www.aoafoundation.org. 

About the American Optometric Association (AOA):The American Optometric Association, a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations, was founded in 1898. Today, the AOA is proud to represent the profession of optometry, America's family eye doctors, who take a leading role in an individual's overall eye and vision care, health and well-being. Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system, providing two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For information on a variety of eye health and vision topics, and to find an optometrist near you, visit www.aoa.org.