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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2016

 

Media Contact: Joel Robison;
Joel@OAOP.org

 

 

Oklahoma Eye Doctors Recognize Vizavance with Apollo Award

 

Vizavance has offered over 365,000 free vision screenings in the last year

 

The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) has awarded Vizavance, formerly known as Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, with its annual Apollo Award. The award goes to the person or institution that goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve vision health in Oklahoma.

 

Vizavance is an Oklahoma-based non-profit whose primary goal is to advance childrens' education through better vision. The organization has offered free vision screenings to over 365,000 children from preschool to twelfth grade in the last year alone. The screenings help identify vision issues that, if never identified, can seriously hamper a child's ability to succeed academically. 

 

"About one-in-four children have an undiagnosed vision disorder that can directly impact their success in school and even their ability to socialize normally," said OAOP President David Hall. "Vizavance and its staff are working hard, not only to educate people about the connection between vision health and academics, but also to directly provide vision care to families who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Their outstanding contribution to vision health in Oklahoma makes them the natural choice for this year's Apollo Award."

 

Vizavance works with and public and private schools, Head Start Centers and day care centers in all 77 counties of Oklahoma. In addition to free screenings, Vizavance also provides classes to school staff, nurses, and healthcare professionals who are interested in becoming a Children's Vision Screener or Children's Vision Screener Trainer.

 

Vizavance President Dianna Bonfiglio formally accepted the award at the OAOP's 2016 Fall Conference, held the last weekend of September.

 

"The doctors that make up the OAOP are on the front lines of vision care in Oklahoma," said Bonfiglio. "These are some of the hardest working and most dedicated eye doctors around, so it's an honor to be recognized by their organization for our work. We look forward to continuing our work together to ensure Oklahoma's children have healthy eyes so they can succeed in the classroom." 

 

The OAOP represents over 600 Optometric Physicians in Oklahoma. OAOP's mission is to lead optometric physicians through education and opportunities to improve vision, eye care, and health care. For more information visit

http://www.oaop.org/oaop/

 

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