Oakley brings free eye exams, glasses to Queens

(Photo courtesy of Oakley)

From Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, sunglasses retailer Oakley and Professional BMX Athlete Nigel Sylvester partnered with the North American chapter of the leading global vision care foundation, OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, to offer free vision screenings, eye exams and glasses.

The event reached 130 adults and children in need in Queens, New York. LIFE Camp, a Queens-based gun violence prevention organization, served as the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation’s community partner. 

“The ability to see clearly can make a huge difference in someone’s life,” said Nigel Sylvester, Professional BMX Athlete. “It’s an honor to partner with Oakley, the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation, LIFE Camp and The Nigel Sylvester Foundation to make sure those in the local Queens community can access the vision care they need.”

The two-day clinic was held at the 157th St. Playground in Rochdale, Queens and was sponsored by Oakley. The clinic addressed unresolved vision needs in the local community. Uncorrected poor vision affects 2.7 billion people around the world, yet there are many solutions that can fix 80 percent of all vision problems.  

At the event, OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation used its proven clinic model and manufacturing process to provide most participants with new, high quality eyewear on the same day they were examined. In addition, Nigel Sylvester visited the clinic to interact with the patients there. 

“Thanks to Oakley, Nigel Sylvester and Life Camp, patients in Queens are seeing a brighter future,” said Becky Palm, VP, Executive Director of OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation North America. “We are thankful for these dedicated partners who have joined hands to ensure clear sight is accessible to the Queens community.”