The American Optometric Association (AOA), the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 30,000 doctors of optometry, announced that it is working with Lyft, the transportation network, to offer free rides to people in select cities in an effort to make it easier to get their #2020EyeExam with a doctor of optometry.
For a limited time only, the AOA is offering a free round-trip ride (up to $25) with rideshare partner Lyft to anyone traveling to the optometrist beginning March 2, while supplies last. Rides will be offered in 10 select cities: Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, New York City, St. Louis, and Seattle. To access your local code, go to AOA.org/Lyft.
“We want to ensure people are able to attend their annual comprehensive eye exams and understand the importance of protecting not only their vision, but their overall health,” Barbara L. Horn, OD, AOA president, said in a company news release. “By partnering with Lyft, we are able to help more people overcome a significant barrier and allow them to see an AOA doctor of optometry.”
According to AOA’s annual Eye-Q Survey, more than a quarter of Americans say getting their comprehensive eye exam is challenging because it’s hard to get to the location. The survey also found that 61% of millennials would use rideshare to get to an exam.
“Enabling better access to healthcare through reliable transportation is something that Lyft cares deeply about,” Megan Callahan, VP of Healthcare at Lyft, said in the news release. “We know that rideshare plays a critical role in helping patients get the care they need, so we’re excited about the opportunity to broaden our impact in local communities through this initiative with the AOA, a leading authority in optometry.”
The AOA recently announced the launch of its ‘Start with Eye’ campaign to make eye health and vision care a national priority in 2020. The public awareness campaign underscores the importance of receiving an in-person comprehensive eye examination with an AOA doctor of optometry as part of their annual health care routine.
While 95% of Americans say having good vision is important to their job, 58% of Americans have not gotten a comprehensive eye exam in the past 2 years, according to the survey.
For more information on the ‘Start with Eye’ initiative, please visit AOA.org/StartWithEye.