Clinic Blog: 2012 Cincinnati Clinic Blog
November 19, 2012
Being on this clinic has been so rewarding. The people in the clinic and he kids were all so amazing. I never realized the amount of planning that goes into running such a successful clinic. Most importantly, the people here are so dedicated and have the biggest hearts. I am so lucky to have had the chance to work right beside them and share the same stories. I have learned so much being here and I will never forget this life changing experience. You guys are amazing! I also want to tell everyone at Sears #1143 that I am very appreciative of their support and picking up the slack while I'm away. Thanks, guys!!
November 19, 2012
Now that our clinic is over, I could go on and on about all the amazing children that we were able to help but instead I'm going to comment on the amazing organization that allowed us the privilege of doing so. Thanks to OneSight, we were able to give 1050 children eye exams who would otherwise not have received any. We provided 880 of them with brand new glasses that will allow them to excel at school and be able to function like a normal kid. This is all thanks to your support. Every donation you make to a team members fundraising effort, every donation you make at your local Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical allows us to make a difference in the life of a needy child. My last few posts will be "Thank you!!" from some of our team members to those who helped give them the opportunity to give the gift of sight in Cincinnati.
I would personally like to thank my family for donating to this cause, my awesome store team (Mandy, Brittney, Franky, Lindsey, Jennifer and Cory) for holding down the fort so I could embark on this amazing journey and lastly to you, yes YOU for supporting OneSight.
November 17, 2012
The final day of clinic and everyone had already left to travel back to their homes. I made the short drive across town and stopped at my friends’ house to share stories of my amazing week. One of my friends is a teacher at Alliance Academy here in Cincinnati (a school which attended the clinic). She told me a story of a boy who recieved a pair of glasses who came back to school, eagerly ran into the building, and knocked on her classroom door. She glanced out the window to see a smiling face. He was wearing his new specs and dislpaying them proudly. He expressed to her how much better he could see with his new glasses and showed off his frames that he picked out himself. Beaming with joy, as the story was told to me.
I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such an awesome team at this clinic. To hear stories like the ones on this page and realize that they all happend in the city where I live, ups my level of gratitude ten-fold for the entire core team and volunteers who made this clinic happen. Your time and dedication is truly appreciated. Thank you all once again.
November 15, 2012
Lead doctor, Dr. Dave Gill's impact full story..
"I examined a young man's eyes as part of his health check-Haseem 11 years old. He was with his classmates and friends, all of them being silly and having fun glad to have a day out of class, no doubt. When I looked at his paperwork and inside his eyes it was obvious he was significantly nearsighted. I asked him if he had glasses;he did not, and couldn't remember when he last had glasses. He was shy about being singled out. As it turned out, I had moved to one of the frefracting lanes where we determine the children's final prescription when Haseem came through-his prescription -5.00 in the right eye and -6.00 in the left eye. This means that in his "better" eye he can see clearly about 20 centimeters, or about 8 inches.
Hasem knew he was struggling to see at school, or anywhere else. When he receives his glasses his world will open up beyond imagination. Knowing the difference a pair of glasses can make never gets old, but it's especially compelling when it's a child."
November 15, 2012
Our silent (and I use the term "silent" loosely) auction was a great success. We had some amazing items, including sunglasses, OneSight items, wine, homemade OneSight items and items from team members home states. Our big ticket item was CUPCAKES for $105... I hope Sonya enjoys them ;) We were able to raise $1675 to help OneSight continue the amazing work that they do all over the world. It is the season of being thankful for what we have been blessed with, so I encourage you all (or y'all depending on where you're from haha)to count your blessings and consider donating to those less fortunate. Our fundraising page will be up. I, for one, am thankful for the opportunity to be able to volunteer with this amazing organization.
November 15, 2012
Here are a few stories from yesterday's clinic....While dispensing glasses to Diamond, a middle school student she came down to the office wearing a pair already. The nurse asked her if she had gotten her glasses already and she said no, these were her dad's glasses and he had given them to her to help her out until she got glasses. You wouldn't believe the HUGE smile she got when she put her very own pretty pair on...she was so excited she ran out of the room to show her teacher.
Story from Danielle Meseberg...
We had a child named Antonio who is special needs and had a +8.50 RX that we were giving glasses to. He hasn't worn glasses for about a year. (To put that into perspective, the "cheaters"that people use to read with typically only go up to about a +2.00! He needed these +8.50 just to see everyday things!) When we put the glasses on him, he looked incredulously all over the room and in awe at his teacher who he was actually seeing for the first time this year. His friend Dillon was so excited about his own glasses that he did a little happy dance. He couldn't wait to get out and look at everything around his school.
Its so rewarding to see how we, as an organization are having a very important and very direct impact on these children's lives.
November 14, 2012
This experience is from team member Cassandra Rolon...
"I wanted to tell everybody who is reading this wonderful blog about my experience at my OneSight regional clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio. This has been such a wonderful experience. The teamwork and pride that goes into the entire operation has been touching and provides hope that there is still good left in the world. To experience the kids' joy as they try in their new pair of eyewear is the best feeling you can ever have. Their eyes light up and they can see a whole new world they never knew was there before. They can learn in school better, get a better job one day and it all started here in our power because we are making a difference one child at a time"
November 12, 2012
Our first clinic day! We have team members from all over the US and Canada and from the many different divisions of Luxottica all here to represent OneSight. We saw 184 children today and 152 of those did need prescription glasses. Our entire team seemed to embrace their assignments- whether it was learning how to cut lenses, use a tonometer, or auto refract.
There were a lot of children that were anxious about getting the dreaded "air puff" test. They asked "are you gonna put a needle in my eye?" . There were many instances that our volunteers got the test themselves to reassure the kids that it was NOT a gigantic needle but just a little bit of air. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) is our silent auction. Please consider donating to a team member's fundraising page to help OneSight continue the outstanding work that we have all been lucky enough to be a part of this week here in Cincinnati. Simply go to OneSight.donordrive.org and search by participant name or "Cincinnati 2012"
Thanks to all for supporting us!!!
November 11, 2012
About the Clinic
2012 Cincinnati Clinic Blog Clinic
A team of OneSight volunteers and doctors will provide free eye care and eyewear to local students in need.