The ability to see is often taken for granted. Many of us have the resources to get the eye care and eyewear we need to keep our vision clear. We might have a few pairs of glasses around the house and a whole stock of contact lenses.
For millions of people, this just isn’t the case. A simple pair of glasses could change their lives.
At National Vision, our mission is to help people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible. It is our responsibility to help bring sight to the more than 2 billion people around the world in need of vision correction.
We believe cost should never be the factor that keeps people from seeing clearly.
National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with over 1,200 stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, we operate five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites, offering a variety of products and services for customers’ eye care needs.
We employ over 13,000 people, including a network of more than 2,000 optometrists. We also have a network of labs consisting of four domestic locations - St. Cloud, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Utah, Lawrenceville, Georgia and Plano, Texas - as well as two outsourced, third-party owned international locations in China and Mexico.
National Vision, Inc. was founded in 1990 to operate Vision Centers for Walmart. In 2005, Berkshire Partners acquired National Vision as well as America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and simultaneously merged the two companies. At the time of acquisition, America's Best had just 112 stores. In January 2009, NVI acquired Eyeglass World and successfully turned around the struggling retailer. In 2011, National Vision acquired long-time partner, AC Lens, to bolster its e-commerce platform.
In March 2014, National Vision was acquired by affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR). In October of 2017, we completed a successful IPO and continue to focus on advancing our mission by providing access to quality, affordable eye care and eyewear to people in communities across the country.