The Gift of Sight Rajasthan

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Oakley employees recently traveled to remote villages in Rajasthan, India to assist OneSight opticians, eyewear industry professionals and Dr. Lee Nelson, OneSight’s lead doctor, to provide protective eyewear to more than 8,500 people.

“Of all the clinics, this one was in need of OneSight the most,” said Dr. Nelson.

At times, volunteers commuted two hours each day to reach the crucial masses, experience the culture and witness circumstances of the population that were quite different than their own.

Laureen Belford, Oakley Eyewear Test and Development Engineer, was one of 38 volunteers.

“Working together in a team of such diverse individuals from Wales, Italy, the U.S., South Africa, France, Hungary, India, the Netherlands and Germany was surreal. We had a successful mission by having one common goal in mind – to help people.”

There were countless incredible moments during the clinic, but one stood out to volunteers. An elderly man in need of a -15.00 prescription approached and the team knew they weren’t equipped with this eyewear. The team quickly deliberated, and resourcefully used a rock to finesse the lenses so that they would fit into spare frames. After sufficient trial and error, the lenses were compressed into the frames for the man to receive the gift of sight.

OneSight is a great opportunity to do goodwill and to meet other people with the same mindset. It was a life-changing experience and I recommend it to anyone who is willing to go in with an open mind and work hard,” said Laureen.

For the third consecutive year, Oakley has partnered with OneSight to help the 314 million people worldwide in need of protective eyewear and vision care. Since 1988, OneSight, a Luxottica Foundation, has provided eye care to seven million people. Through organized optical clinics, and pre-training opportunities for employee volunteers. Oakley has served people in locations such as India, Paraguay, Thailand, China and the U.S.

There are many ways that you can get involved with OneSight:


  1. Make a donation to http://www.onesight.org/ to support the program directly.
  2. Donate your gently-used prescription eyewear and non-prescription sunglasses and drop them off at any participating local practitioner http://employees.onesight.org/donatenow/locations/.
  3. Organize a collection drive in your community.

Author

Courtney Tanner

Date

May 26, 2011

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