SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Visionworks and Davis Vision today announced their participation in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Columbus. On Sunday, September 20, 2015 the eyewear retailer and managed vision care provider will support the walk by enlisting key associates to promote and provide information on the importance of healthy vision for people living with diabetes at their station located at Wolfe Park. Throughout the festivities, walk participants can pick up informational material and special promotional coupons at the Visionworks Healthy Vision Station.
Visionworks and Davis Visions' goal is to educate and encourage both children and adults to get annual eye exams in an effort to protect their eyes and overall health. According to the American Diabetes Association, the leading cause of blindness in working-age American adults is diabetes; however, most people do not realize that a yearly eye exam can uncover many other health issues including high blood pressure and diabetes.
"At Visionworks and Davis Vision, we're passionate about helping people maintain healthy vision throughout their lives. We want to raise awareness of how critical annual eye exams are for the nearly 30 million people who are living with diabetes in the U.S.," said Jim Eisen, president and CEO of HVHC Inc., and president of Visionworks. "The Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes provides a welcome opportunity to spread the message and help make a difference."
Visionworks and Davis Vision's Focus on America community outreach program will participate in the Walk to Stop Diabetes in more than 25 cities throughout the U.S. to showcase support and help rally communities to join in the fight. The companies will also have associate teams walking at many of the events.
"We're thrilled to welcome Visionworks to our community and have them join us in celebrating 75 years of continuous progress in our efforts to improve the lives of all people living with and affected by diabetes," said Lori Butterfield, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association Columbus. "Our Step Out event is a celebration of the courage of the more than 895,000 Ohioans living every day with diabetes and the family and friends who support them, and a tremendous opportunity to raise money to support the critical research, education and advocacy efforts of the Association both nationally and within our community. The Ohio Department of Health estimates that 10.1 percent of Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and we are committed to working tirelessly to supporting them."
The family friendly event will include music, food, kids' activities, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of those who are passionate about the fight against diabetes. Register online at stepout.diabetes.org/ to help find a cure for the more than 29 million Americans living with diabetes through fundraising.
At its four locations in the Columbus area, Visionworks maintains a large selection of eyewear to promote healthy sight such as UV-treated lenses, polycarbonate impact-resistant lenses, polarized sun lenses, flexible frames and Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging system. The Optomap is able to capture more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image, enhancing your eye doctor's ability to detect the earliest sign of disease, like diabetes. To learn more about Visionworks, visit www.visionworks.com and use the store locator to find one of the Columbus-area locations nearest you.
About American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Visionworks is a leading provider of eye care services with more than 660 optical retail stores in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Visionworks is committed to providing our customers with an excellent shopping experience and high quality products and services with the best value and selection in the industry. All stores offer designer and exclusive brand frames, lenses, sunglasses and accessories along with leading technology in vision correction. Comprehensive service offerings include contact lens dispensing, in-store labs, which provide one-hour service on many prescriptions at nearly all locations and doctors of optometry at or next to every store. Visionworks also sells contact lenses online at www.visionworkscontacts.com. For more information about Visionworks, visit www.visionworks.com.
About Davis Vision
Davis Vision has been providing comprehensive vision benefits for 50 years, and currently serves more than 19 million funded vision care members with eye care programs nationwide through a provider network of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and dispensing locations at more than 46,000 points of access, in both private and retail settings. For more information, visit www.DavisVision.com.
Visionworks and Davis Vision are wholly owned subsidiaries of HVHC, Inc.
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