Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) November 10, 2011
On October 12, 2011, representatives from Doctors Vision Center presented a check to Prevent Blindness North Carolina in the amount of $3,458 as the result of a campaign to make a donation from every child’s eye exam between August 10, 2011 and September 15, 2011. Additionally, in all Doctors Vision Center’s 43 offices, patients and customers shopping for eyewear were able to make individual donations to help the cause. Those making donations of $2 or more were able to put their name on a card that was displayed in the offices through the month of September. All proceeds from the campaign will go to Prevent Blindness North Carolina’s Children Vision Screening programs.
According to Jennifer Talbot, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness North Carolina, “PBNC is grateful to have the support of local and statewide businesses in our efforts to bring vision screening to the children across our state. Doctors Vision Center is exemplary of the kind of partners that demonstrate the level of care we need from the members of our community.” Ms. Talbot added, “The proceeds from the children’s eye exams at Doctors Vision Center will allow us to screen more at-risk children and, in many cases, save someone’s vision.”
Prevent Blindness North Carolina’s mission is to reach people throughout the state and enable them to recognize the importance of vision screening and signs of vision problems in an effort to prevent blindness before it strikes. The organization has extensive programs that include the Kenneth C. Royall, Jr. Children’s Vision Screening Improvement Program, and the Preschool Photo-Refractive Vision Screening Program. The goal of these programs is to bring vision screening to children across the state.
According to William Hollis, president of Doctors Vision Center, “We are delighted to support Prevent Blindness North Carolina. We have 43 offices in the state and we were thrilled to make a nice contribution to their children’s vision screening programs.” It has been proven that 60% of students identified as “problem learners” have undetected vision problems; and further, undetected vision problems are the number one childhood handicap, according to the American Optometric Association. Dr. Peter Hollis, Doctors Vision Center’s medical director adds, “Back to school is the perfect time for families to have their children’s eyes examined. It is important to have your child’s eyes examined annually as a child’s vision can rapidly change during critical growth years.”
In addition to the donations to Prevent Blindness North Carolina during the back-to-school promotion, patients and customers at each Doctors Vision Center office were able to register to win a free Jansport backpack full of school supplies. There was one winner at each office and those winners were automatically entered in a drawing to win an iPad2. “We are excited about the success of our back-to-school programs this year. Healthy vision is essential for kids to perform their best, and we want to do all we can to promote the importance of children’s eye exams,” said Mr. Hollis.
Prevent Blindness North Carolina
Prevent Blindness North Carolina is the only agency in North Carolina dedicated solely to saving sight and preventing blindness. Organized in 1967 as a non-profit health agency and independent affiliate of Prevent Blindness America (founded 1908), PBNC has been serving some of the neediest and most at-risk populations of the state of North Carolina for forty-four years. PBNC helps prevent vision loss by working within communities to provide screenings, trainings and access to follow-up resources. Through direct service programs, PBNC reaches over 540,000 people (predominantly children), and links financially needy people to more than $600,000 worth of free and discounted eye care annually. For more information about the programs and services of PBNC, visit http://nc.preventblindness.org or follow http://www.facebook.com/PreventBlindnessNC.
About Doctors Vision Center
Based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Doctors Vision Center has 43 offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and specializes in family eye care. The company offers complete medical eye examinations and one of the most extensive in-office selections of contacts, frames and lenses. All Doctors Vision Center offices offer the latest in eye care technology and diagnostic equipment and also have in-house certified frames stylists and opticians. Dr. Ted Watson and Dr. Peter Hollis founded Doctors Vision Center in 1980. Dr. Watson currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors and Dr. Hollis currently serves as the medical director. For more information on eye exams and services, locations, doctors, online appointments or current promotions, visit http://www.doctorsvisioncenter.com. Information about the practices and promotions as well as access to the “Digital Doc” for online answers on eye care or eye disease can be found on the company’s Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/doctorsvisioncenter.