WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearle Vision stores nationwide are celebrating the 80th birthday of founder Dr. Stanley C. Pearle with free Spec Checks, birthday cards for customers to sign and a drive to raise $80,000 for the Pearle Vision Foundation before his October 12th birthday. Spec Checks offer a complete eyewear tune-up at no charge, including a thorough cleaning of frames and lenses, realignment of frames and temple pieces and, if requested, a UV screening to ensure lenses are providing adequate protection from ultraviolet rays. While Spec Checks are a free service, stores are hoping to collect thousands of birthday card signatures in exchange for an 80 cent donation to the Pearle Vision Foundation in honor of Dr. Pearle's 80th birthday. Dr. Pearle is an active board member of the Pearle Vision Foundation, the charity that bears his name and supports the mission of optimum lifetime vision. The Foundation provides grants for research, community service and education programs relating to treatable vision disorders. "There could not be a more fitting tribute to Dr. Pearle's 80th birthday than this. Requests for Pearle Vision Foundation grants have grown significantly in recent years as word has spread about the honorable causes it supports," explained Pearle Vision President Dave Pierson. "Dr. Pearle has always instilled a commitment to helping those less fortunate in the communities our stores serve." Dr. Pearle opened the first Pearle Vision store in 1961 with the goal of providing convenient optical services and an expanded eyewear selection. Today there are over 1,000 optical stores worldwide that bear Dr. Pearle's name and he is largely credited with creating modern day optical retailing. Pearle Vision is a subsidiary of Cleveland Ohio-based Cole National, a $1 billion optical and gift retailer with a combined total of more than 3,000 retail locations. To locate the Pearle Vision store nearest you, visit the web site www.pearlevision.com or call 800-YES-EYES.
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