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MyEyeDr. Teams Up With Shaquille O'Neal for Surprise Visit to Local Houston School, Empowering Students on Eye Health

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HOUSTON, Sept. 22, 2023 ~ Today, fifteen-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal and MyEyeDr. surprised students at Pine Shadows Elementary School in Houston with an eye-opening experience. The partnership between Shaq and MyEyeDr. was created to give back to the local Houston community, raise awareness for eye health and the importance of eye safety, and provide students with free solar glasses ahead of next month's annular solar eclipse.

Shaq served as Principal for the Day, educating students on how eye health and seeing clearly can build confidence that will help them succeed in education, inspiring them to follow their dreams. During an assembly, he spoke with students about his experience in school with needing glasses, underscoring the importance of eye health from an early age and how it can affect students' confidence. He was joined onstage by Dr. Scott Allison and Dr. Emmanuella Okocha from MyEyeDr., who gave students background on the upcoming solar eclipse in October and a tutorial for proper use of solar glasses for safe eclipse viewing.

"We are excited to join forces with Shaq to emphasize the importance of healthy vision from an early age," said Dr. Scott Allison, Vice President of Professional Services at MyEyeDr. "Through this collaboration, we hope to not only educate communities about the significance of regular eye exams, but also highlight the role of a conducive learning environment in students' lives."

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Shaq also spoke to the students about eye health and the role clear vision plays in building confidence, a critical piece of success in education. To end his day as interim principal, Shaq spent time walking the school and meeting with students. To further celebrate its commitment to community enrichment and comprehensive eye care, MyEyeDr. gifted backpacks to all students which included school supplies, special proper solar eclipse viewing glasses and a special offer $50 off a MyEyeDr exam and frame purchase.

MyEyeDr has partnered with Prevent Blindness to help educate local communities on the importance of eye health and the need for proper eye protection during upcoming annular or total solar eclipses. As part of their mission for raising awareness around eye health and safety they will continue their partnership with Pine Shadows Elementary School to provide free vision screenings in October.

"The importance of eye health is very near and dear to me - from my own experience needing glasses at a young age," said Shaq "I know how crucial a role clear vision plays in succeeding in school and having confidence." He added that it means a lot for him to give back with MyEyeDr., helping kids learn about proper eye care surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse where eye health will be incredibly important for safe viewing."

For more information on MyEyeDr.'s commitment to raising awareness for eye health and safety within local communities visit www.myeyedr.com
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