Industry Profile: Luxottica

December 13, 2012

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For over 50 years, Luxottica has been committed to helping the world see better. Our dedication to bringing quality vision and eye health services to people worldwide grows stronger every year. In the U.S., we are proud to partner with independent ECPs in the support and growth of their businesses. In addition to servicing our customers with the most sought-after brands, highest-quality frames, extensive in field service, marketing and support, we also pride ourselves in supporting the long term growth of our industry in the following ways:

Supporting Outdoor Eye Protection Through the SUN Alliance

Recent research confirms that unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is responsible for many serious health issues including damage to the eyes. While most people recognize the connection between sun exposure and skin cancer, fewer than one in three Americans realize the hazards of UV exposure to the eyes. To address this national concern, in March 2012, we announced the industry-wide SUN initiative supported by Luxottica and The Vision Council. At the core of this Initiative is a three-part COPE, ABO-approved and CPC-approved educational series, Protect, Prescribe and Present, designed to empower practices with the information and materials needed to educate and prescribe sun protection for every patient and to help grow their businesses in the important outdoor eyewear category.  Luxottica is deeply committed to spreading awareness about the SUN Initiative and to continue to keep the program top of mind among professional practitioners. We are pleased to report that nearly 8,000 test takers, including approximately 500 ODs, have participated in the initiative’s educational series to date. If you have not yet joined your colleagues in this important initiative, please visit www.AOA.org/EyeLearn or www.OAA.org.

Funding AOA Programs, Now and In The Future

For many years, Luxottica has granted funds to the AOA for various programs, including the AOA Ophthalmic Council, AOA Summit Meetings, local and regional events and state programs such as Healthy Eyes Healthy People® (HEHP). Since 2004, we have seen HEHP projects in action across almost every state in the U.S., with programs ranging from vision care for the homeless, to preschool vision screenings and diabetes awareness projects. We have seen how HEHP innovative community outreach programs promote both eye health and disease prevention.

Helping the World See Clearly

Did you know that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from poor vision simply because they do not have access to or cannot afford care?! OneSight, Luxottica’s family of charitable vision care programs, is dedicated to improving vision throughout the world. Since 1988, OneSight clinics and local and regional outreach programs have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than 8 million people across six continents in need and granted millions of dollars toward optical research and education. Please join us in helping the world see clearly. We can work together in many ways, collecting used eyewear and participating in a variety of projects in your community. By donating your time and skills, you will significantly increase the reach of this extraordinary program, providing greater access to eye care services in areas where they are virtually non-existent.

Luxottica is deeply honored to partner with the AOA in supporting the future of optometry and participating in their many programs and projects designed to improve the vision and eye health of the American people.

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