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Hicksville, NY (September 18, 2014) Universal Photonics Incorporated (UPI), manufacturer and global distributor of advanced surfacing products, supports a local Rochester high school program with donation of assorted sunglasses, cases, cleaning cloths, and frames.

Logan Newman, former Navy Optician and teacher at East High School, Rochester, NY, has developed an optician-training program for students offering courses in ophthalmic fabrication and dispensing. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 60% of the children described as “problem learners” have vision problems. Newman’s goal is to provide students struggling academically because of undiagnosed or unresolved vision issues with free prescription eyewear. Students in the program will acquire skills in fabricating and fixing prescription eyewear while learning to work with patients and doctors. “This program helps students find a path in life, as well as helping to correct other students vision problems so that they may find their own path”, says Newman.

During the 2013-2014 school year, over 200 students were provided with prescription glasses, made by their peers, at no charge. “It’s great that there are programs like this working towards helping students and families obtain corrective glasses,” says John Pecorella of UPI’s Technical Sales force. “UPI will continue to do everything possible to keep this program moving forward and expanding each and every year.” John has already contacted several vision related companies and organizations to join in support.

UPI, a longtime supporter of children’s vision organizations like the Essilor Vision Foundation, is determined to raise awareness for these local school programs, which not only help to correct vision, but also build careers. Any supplies or materials used in the ophthalmic process are welcome and can be donated to East High School, Rochester, NY.

For more information on Universal Photonics please visit or contact John Pecorella for information on how to donate.

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