National Vision Donates More Than 8,100 Pairs of Eyeglasses to Kids in Need

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DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, has donated more than 8,100 pairs of free prescription eyeglasses to children in need as a result of its 2019 holiday giveback initiative with its largest retail brand, America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, according to an announcement. “A child’s ability to see clearly affects behavior, school performance, self-esteem and so many other aspects of life,” National Vision chief executive officer Reade Fahs said in the announcement.

“A pair of glasses is so much more than some frames and lenses—for many children, being able to see clearly can change their life. We are honored to do our part in helping set up younger generations for future success,” Fahs said.

Throughout the months of November and December 2019, America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses’ store associates conducted outreach in communities across the country to provide eyewear and eyecare to kids in need. Stores were given vouchers for free exams and eyeglasses to share with community organizations including school nurses, places of worship and youth/education facilities.

In addition to the vouchers, National Vision and America’s Best associates conducted a multi-day event in early November at Atlanta’s Hollis Innovation Academy. The event led to the screening of hundreds of students and provided glasses to more than 150 students in need. The company also offered free screenings to Hollis staff and family members of Hollis students, the announcement noted.

“We are proud to be working with many organizations and individuals to provide solutions so more people can get the care they need,” Sharon Petitt, head of retail operations for National Vision, said. “We believe that children need to see their best to live their best, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to extend that mission to over 8,100 kids this past holiday season.”

National Vision is one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S. with more than 1,100 retail stores in 44 states. In addition to America’s Best, its banners include Eyeglass World and Vision Center Brought to you by Walmart.