Schnuck Markets, Inc
Schnucks Expands Healthcare Services through EyeSite Kiosks from SoloHealth
Self-screening vision kiosks available at 30 St. Louis grocery locations
ST. LOUIS – Schnucks Markets, Inc., a regional grocery and pharmacy retailer, has partnered with Atlanta-based SoloHealth, a leader in self-service health screening, to bring EyeSite™ vision screening kiosks to 30 stores in the St. Louis area.
The interactive kiosks are free to use and provide consumers with a quick, accurate assessment of their near and distance vision. They also asses risk, provide relevant eye health information and encourage consumers to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with their eye care professional or select an eye doctor from a list of local providers.
The EyeSite kiosks are not a replacement for a regular eye exam. Rather, consumers answer a series of lifestyle questions on a touchscreen and are presented with various sized letters to determine near and distance acuity. They then receive a customized report of their results which they can share directly with their eye care professional.
According to Prevent Blindness America, a national non-profit organization, half of all blindness is preventable if eye problems are detected and treated early. For adults, data shows that the number of Americans with age-related eye disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, is expected to double by the year 2030.
“Too often, people don’t realize that their vision may deteriorate so slowly that it may be imperceptible,” said Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth. “They may think they have 20/20 vision, but in reality, eye disease may be forming. In fact, of the 175,000 people tested in our home base of Atlanta, 25 percent had never had an eye exam despite, in many cases, having risk factors such as family history of eye disease.”
Added Foster, “By partnering with Schnucks, we hope to encourage those in the St. Louis area to take a brief moment to stop by our free kiosks and make their vision health a priority. By taking care of our eyes today, we can help to preserve the gift of sight for years to come.”
“Schnucks has always been dedicated to bringing its shoppers solutions for the health and wellness of their families,” said Mike Jurgensmeyer, vice president for pharmacy and fuel. “Providing our customers with access to free vision screenings from SoloHealth’s EyeSite kiosks is big step in helping them take an active role in their overall health.”
A listing and map of Schnucks locations where EyeSite kiosks are available can be found by visiting www.solo-health.com/locations.
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Based in Atlanta, Ga., SoloHealth (www.solo-health.com) is an award-winning healthcare technology company developed in response to the growing consumer preference for self-directed healthcare services. SoloHealth's inaugural product is EyeSite™, an interactive kiosk that provides vision health information, as well as a customized vision report, and also directs consumers to a local eye care professional.
SoloHealth was among the top five of Forbes.com’s 2008 “Boost Your Business” entrepreneurial contest. Recently featured on CNBC, EyeSite has won three Awards of Excellence, including "Best in Show" at the Kiosk.Com Self Service Expo and The Digital Signage Show in Las Vegas. SoloHealth was also selected as one of the 2008 "Top 40" Innovative Technology companies in Georgia by the Technology Association of Georgia.
About SchnucksFamily-owned Schnuck Markets, Inc. was founded in St. Louis in 1939 and is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary of serving grocery customers. Schnucks operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.