Our History


  • 1978
    • Community i-Care commenced work in Australia
    • Clinics held in:
      • Metropolitan Australian cities
      • Regional Indigenous communities and Indigenous festivals
      • Fiji
      • Myanmar
  • 1988
    • Pearle Vision Foundation grants funds to organizations seeking cures for diabetic retinapothy.
    • The Gift of Sight program, now OneSight, is established and begins providing vouchers that enable those in need to obtain free eyewear.
  • 1990

    Eyewear collection program begins at all LensCrafters across North America

  • 1991

    First Give the Gift of Sight Global Clinic to Costa Rica: 8,600 people helped.

  • 1993

    Hometown Day is established across all LensCrafters stores, creating the single, largest day of giving within the Give the Gift of Sight program.

  • 1995
    • Give the Gift of Sight launches “Seemore,” OneSight’s first Vision Van to bring eye care to children in need; 1998, sister “Iris” joins the fleet.
    • The first Eyewear Recycle Center opens at LensCrafters headquarters in Mason, OH.
  • 1996

    Give the Gift of Sight Outreach programs begin.

  • 1999
    • One millionth patient, Jessica, a young school girl, is helped in Washington, United States.
    • Ghouls and Goblins trick or treat for eyewear on the first annual Sight Night.
  • 2001

    Two millionth patient, Julia, a grandmother, is helped in Bolivia.

  • 2003
    • Community I-Care programs begin in Asia Pacific including a partnership with Croc Festival™ to provide free vision care & eyewear to children in remote parts of Australia.
    • Three millionth patient, Gabriel, a young boy, is helped in Ecuador.
    • Community i-Care becomes OneSight, programming continues as in prior years
  • 2004
    • Give the Gift of Sight Regional Clinics introduced in North America to help U.S. school children.
    • Four millionth patient, Hannah, a teenage girl, is helped during a North American Clinic.
    • Vision Van helps 6,155 people affected by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Texas, United States.
    • Community I-Care wins the prestigious Australia Business Arts Award for community services provided through the Croc Festival™ eye care Clinics.
  • 2005

    Agordo, Italy Eyewear Recycle Center opens.

  • 2006

    Five millionth patient, Lavonte, a teenage boy, is helped during a North American Clinic.

  • 2007
    • Six millionth patient, Victory, an adult monk, is helped in Thailand.
    • New Eyewear Recycle Center opens in Port Washington, NY, USA.
  • 2008
    • Give the Gift of Sight, Community I-Care and Pearle Vision Foundation unite under a new global organization, OneSight.
    • OneSight launches the Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in Optometry.
    • China Regional Eye Care Programs begin with local Clinic in Tianjin.
    • New Eyewear Recycle Centers open in North Ryde, Australia and Pederobba, Italy.
    • OneSight program is launched at Oakley; first Oakley employee attends a OneSight Clinic in El Salvador.
    • OneSight Asia Pacific conducts first Clinic to Tuvalu, a small South Pacific island.
  • 2009
    • Seven millionth patient, Mistie-Lea, a homeless teenager, helped in Sydney, Australia.
    • OneSight programs established across Europe including: Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Nordic countries and Spain.
    • Hometown Day becomes OneDay as Luxottica employees worldwide join together to help those in need.
    • New Eyewear Recycle Centers open in Sydney and Eye Biz, Australia; Milan, Italy and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento, CA; and Oakley Headquarters USA.
  • 2010
    • OneSight programs established in South Africa, India, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, Israel.
    • New Eyewear Recycle Centers open in Sedico, Italy and at LensCrafters Store #75 in Clarksville, TN.
    • OneSight launches EyeVan, a state-of-the-art production vehicle that travels to Regional Clinics to manufacture eyewear onsite.
  • 2011
    • OneSight launches EyeLeen, the fourth in the fleet of vans that travel around North America providing eyecare and eyewear to children in need.
    • Eight millionth patient, Marokey, a 35-year-old mother of four is helped in Gunjur, The Gambia.
  • 2012
    • Permanent vision clinics debut at the Oyler School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Gambia in West Africa, providing sustainable access to both communities.
    • Indigenous program launches in Far North Queensland (ongoing clinics in remote communities) – Mount Isa and Doomadgee
  • 2013
    • OneSight celebrates its 25th anniversary, having helped over 8.5 million helped in 40 countries.
    • Indigenous program expands to include Mornington Island
    • Online Vision Voucher program launched, providing immediate access to vouchers for all store managers, clinic leaders and community partners such as Mission Australia and Salvation Army
    • 3,300 lives impacted
    • 23 total clinics conducted
    • OneSight launches Australian Indigenous Art Competition to aid the Ray-Ban Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarer
    • Sun sales x 2
    • Wholesale/Oakley gala event raises over $80K
  • 2014
    • OneSight begins providing 100% new eyewear to patients. The OneSight Collection by Luxottica is launched at a charitable clinic in Nicaragua.
    • Program launches in New Zealand
      • Indigenous program expands to include Palm Island
      • Local Clinic Leader program trains 70 volunteers to conduct clinics in their own communities
      • Local Clinic Program expanded, over 40 clinics conducted by volunteers
      • 10,700 lives impacted
      • 62 total clinics conducted
      • Ray-Ban Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarer for OneSight launches (a world first!), $50 from every pair donated to OneSight
      • Launched the fisrt golabl World Sight Day Campaign to spread awareness for the cause
  • 2015
    • OneSight extends the community-based sustainable vision center model to a second country, Rwanda, and breaks ground on two more school-based centers in the US.
    • Local Clinic Leader program trains further 50 volunteers to conduct clinics in their own communities
    • Local Clinic Program expanded, over 60 clinics conducted by volunteers
    • Regional Australia and New Zealand schools program commences – week-long travelling clinics for kids at low socio-economic schools in regional and remote areas
    • Partnership launched with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Australia’s most recognised charity
    • 12,800 lives impacted
    • 86 total clinics conducted
    • Launched the OPSM Front Door campaign, ‘i-Care’ - featuring OneSight Ambassadors and their stories
  • 2016
    • Over 45 local clinics conducted by volunteers
    • Over 90 total clinics conducted
    • Over 11,000 lives impacted