October 28, 2022 Notice of Data Security Incident

USV Optical, Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. Vision, Inc., (“U.S. Vision”) experienced a data security incident that may have affected your personal information. Nationwide Optical Group, LLC acquired or became affiliated with several entities from U.S. Vision in September 2019, including Nationwide Optometry, P.C. (“Nationwide Optometry”) and SightCare Inc. (“SightCare” and collectively, “we”, “us”, or “our”). Following this, U.S. Vision continued to provide us with some administrative services as a business associate to us. The records reviewed by U.S. Vision indicate that you may have received services from us at some point in the past.

U.S Vision has represented to us that on May 12, 2021, U.S. Vision became aware of suspicious activity involving its computer network. U.S. Vision launched an investigation into the nature and scope of the incident with the assistance of cybersecurity specialists. Through its investigation, U.S. Vision learned that an unauthorized individual accessed its network intermittently between April 20, 2021 and May 17, 2021, and that files containing your information may have been viewed and/or taken by the unauthorized individual.

U.S. Vision informed us of this incident on May 12, 2021, but was unable to identify which entities or patients were affected by this incident. We immediately began communications with U.S. Vision to obtain more information regarding this incident and determine whether any of our patients were affected. We also insisted that U.S. Vision institute dark web monitoring for any potential Nationwide Optometry and SightCare data that could have been involved in this incident. U.S Vision did not report any instances of actual or attempted misuse of Nationwide Optometry or SightCare information through its dark web monitoring.

In addition, U.S. Vision has represented that, with third-party support, it conducted a comprehensive review of the impacted files to determine what information was affected and to whom the information related. On September 22, 2022, we received confirmation from U.S. Vision that your personal information was involved in this incident. We then conducted additional data enrichment and validation to further confirm impacted individuals and their mailing addresses, and the entities with which such individuals were associated. This review was completed on October 17, 2022.

Personal information involved in this incident may have included one or more of the following elements: (1) identifying information (such as full name, date of birth, and address); (2) Social Security number, taxpayer identification number, driver’s license or state identification number, and/or financial account information; (3) medical and/or treatment information (such as medical record number, dates of service, provider name, diagnosis or symptom information, and prescription/medication); (4) health insurance information (such as payor and subscriber/Medicare/Medicaid number); and (5) billing and claims information. Please note that not all data elements were present for all individuals. For a limited number of individuals, biometric data and/or email address or username and password were also included in the affected data.

U.S. Vision has stated that upon discovering the incident, it moved quickly to investigate and respond, assess the security of relevant U.S. Vision systems, and identify any impacted data. As part of its ongoing commitment to the security of information, U.S. Vision has stated that it is evaluating opportunities to improve security and to better prevent future events of this kind. We take privacy and security very seriously. This incident did not impact our systems or files—it occurred at and impacted only U.S. Vision systems and files. We have and continue to enhance our security controls and monitor our systems to ensure no similar activity occurs on our systems.

We are providing additional information on general steps individuals can take to monitor and protect their personal information in the below Reference Guide. Although U.S. Vision did not report any incidents of actual or attempted misuse of Nationwide Optometry or SightCare information through its dark web monitoring, individuals should carefully review credit reports and statements sent from healthcare providers and financial institutions as well as their insurance company to ensure that all account activity is valid. Any questionable charges should be promptly reported to the company which maintains the account. For individuals whose Social Security number, driver’s license/state ID number, and/or financial account information may have been involved, we have arranged to offer free credit monitoring and identity restoration services to these individuals.

We have established a dedicated assistance line for individuals seeking additional information regarding this incident. For the next 90 days, individuals who have questions about this matter or would like additional information can call toll-free 1-833-814-1705 during 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, except holidays. This substitute notice and toll-free number will remain active for at least 90 days.

Nationwide Optometry and SightCare are committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal information that it receives and deeply regrets any inconvenience and concern this incident may cause.  Individuals potentially affected by this incident are being mailed notice letters. Since it is possible there may be insufficient contact information for some individuals, however, this notice is also accessible via Nationwide Optometry’s and SightCare’s website, consistent with HIPAA.

Reference Guide

Review Your Account Statements

Carefully review statements sent to you from your healthcare providers, insurance company, and financial institutions to ensure that all of your account activity is valid.  Report any questionable charges promptly to the company with which you maintain the account.

Provide Any Updated Personal Information to Your Health Care Provider

Your health care provider’s office may ask to see a photo ID to verify your identity.  Please bring a photo ID with you to every appointment if possible.  Your provider’s office may also ask you to confirm your date of birth, address, telephone, and other pertinent information so that they can make sure that all of your information is up-to-date.  Please be sure and tell your provider’s office when there are any changes to your information.  Carefully reviewing this information with your provider’s office at each visit can help to avoid problems and to address them quickly should there be any discrepancies.

Order Your Free Credit Report

To order your free annual credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com, call toll-free at (877) 322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) website at www.ftc.gov and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.  The three credit bureaus provide free annual credit reports only through the website, toll-free number or request form.

Upon receiving your credit report, review it carefully.  Look for accounts you did not open.  Look in the “inquiries” section for names of creditors from whom you have not requested credit.  Some companies bill under names other than their store or commercial names; the credit bureau will be able to tell if this is the case.  Look in the “personal information” section for any inaccuracies in information (such as home address and Social Security Number).

If you see anything you do not understand, call the credit bureau at the telephone number on the report.  Errors may be a warning sign of possible identity theft.  You should notify the credit bureaus of any inaccuracies in your report, whether due to error or fraud, as soon as possible so the information can be investigated and, if found to be in error, corrected.  If there are accounts or charges you did not authorize, immediately notify the appropriate credit bureau by telephone and in writing.  Information that cannot be explained should also be reported to your local police or sheriff’s office because it may signal criminal activity.

Contact the U.S. Federal Trade Commission 

If you detect any unauthorized transactions in any of your financial accounts, promptly notify the appropriate payment card company or financial institution. If you detect any incidents of identity theft or fraud, promptly report the matter to your local law enforcement authorities, state Attorney General and the FTC.

You can contact the FTC to learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft by using the contact information below:

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)

Place a Fraud Alert on Your Credit File

To protect yourself from possible identity theft, consider placing a fraud alert on your credit file.  A fraud alert helps protect against the possibility of an identity thief opening new credit accounts in your name.  When a credit grantor checks the credit history of someone applying for credit, the credit grantor gets a notice that the applicant may be the victim of identity theft.  The alert notifies the credit grantor to take steps to verify the identity of the applicant.  You can place a fraud alert on your credit report by calling any one of the toll-free fraud numbers provided below.  You will reach an automated telephone system that allows flagging of your file with a fraud alert at all three credit bureaus.


P.O. Box 105069

Atlanta, Georgia 30348


1- 888-766-0008 www.equifax.com
Experian P.O. Box 9554

Allen, Texas 75013







P.O. Box 2000

Chester, PA 19016





Security Freezes

You have the right to request a credit freeze from a consumer reporting agency, free of charge, so that no new credit can be opened in your name without the use of a PIN number that is issued to you when you initiate a freeze.  A security freeze is designed to prevent potential credit grantors from accessing your credit report without your consent.  If you place a security freeze, potential creditors and other third parties will not be able to get access to your credit report unless you temporarily lift the freeze.  Therefore, using a security freeze may delay your ability to obtain credit.

Unlike a fraud alert, you must separately place a security freeze on your credit file at each credit bureau. To place a security freeze on your credit report you must contact the credit reporting agency by phone, mail, or secure electronic means and provide proper identification of your identity.  The following information must be included when requesting a security freeze (note that if you are requesting a credit report for your spouse, this information must be provided for him/her as well): (1) full name, with middle initial and any suffixes; (2) Social Security number; (3) date of birth; (4) current address and any previous addresses for the past five years; and (5) any applicable incident report or complaint with a law enforcement agency or the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  The request must also include a copy of a government-issued identification card and a copy of a recent utility bill or bank or insurance statement. It is essential that each copy be legible, display your name and current mailing address, and the date of issue.

Below, please find relevant contact information for the three consumer reporting agencies:

Equifax Security Freeze  

P.O. Box 105788

Atlanta, GA 30348


1-800-685-1111 www.equifax.com
Experian Security Freeze P.O. Box 9554

Allen, TX 75013







P.O. Box 160

Woodlyn, PA 19094






Once you have submitted your request, the credit reporting agency must place the security freeze no later than 1 business day after receiving a request by phone or secure electronic means, and no later than 3 business days after receiving a request by mail.  No later than five business days after placing the security freeze, the credit reporting agency will send you confirmation and information on how you can remove the freeze in the future.

Additional Resources

  • Fraud Alerts

  • On request, any of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies can place a free fraud alert in your file to alert potential creditors that you may be a victim of identity theft; a fraud alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you.

    A fraud alert will help prevent someone from opening new accounts in your name. As soon as one credit reporting bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are automatically notified to place fraud alerts as well. All three bureaus will mail you a confirmation letter and you will be able to order complimentary credit reports for your review.

    The easiest way to place an alert is by visiting www.transunion.com or https://fraud.transunion.com/fa/fraudAlert.

    You will answer some questions to confirm your identity, and then a 90-day fraud alert will be added to your credit file. TransUnion will give you access to view your report online. You should examine it carefully for accuracy. TransUnion will also share this information with Equifax and Experian who will both mail you confirmation letters containing a number to call to order complimentary copies of your credit reports for review.

    To contact one of the credit reporting bureaus, please see below:

    Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    PO Box 740260
    Atlanta, GA 30374

    Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    PO Box 9554
    Allen, TX 75013

    TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
    PO Box 2000
    Chester, PA 19016

    It is only necessary to contact one of these bureaus and use one of these methods.

    You will not be charged for this service. Please note placing a fraud alert may delay your ability to open new lines of credit quickly.

  • Annual Credit Report

  • Whether or not you choose to enroll in the IDX identity protection program, you can order a copy of your credit report, for free, once a year from each credit reporting bureau.  You can obtain a free credit report by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

  • Review Your Credit Report

  • When you receive any credit report, you should review it carefully.  Look for accounts you did not open.  Look for inquiries from creditors that you did not initiate.  Look for personal information, such as home address, employment or Social Security numbers, that are not accurate.  If you see anything you do not understand, call the credit reporting bureau at the telephone number on the report.

    If your credit report indicates fraud or identity theft, call your local police or sheriff’s office and file a report of identity theft.  Get a copy of the police report.  You may need to give copies of the police report to creditors to clear up your records. If you suspect that you may be a victim of identity theft and you have enrolled in the IDX identity protection program, you should contact them immediately. You will be able to speak with a knowledgeable advocate about your situation and, if needed, they will open a case to resolve the identity theft on your behalf.

  • For More information

  • Should you wish to learn more about identity theft and how to protect yourself, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338. The FTC website, www.consumer.ftc.gov, also offers additional information on identity theft that you may find helpful.

  • Security Freezes

  • The security freeze (or credit freeze) is an option best reserved for people who have experienced extreme identity theft. Because the freeze essentially locks down your credit, it is not a good option for people who are simply seeking extra protection for their credit. We feel that credit monitoring, fraud alerts, and victim restoration services are more than sufficient options for defense against identity theft.

    A security freeze will not prevent you from enrolling in our services. You can certainly sign up with us and do not need to lift the freeze to do so. The reason for this is because we do not request your Social Security number to enroll—only name, address, phone, and email. None of these items would necessitate a credit inquiry. However, a security freeze will affect your ability to activate the monitoring portion of your membership. To activate the monitoring portion you will need to temporarily lift your security freeze.

    To learn more about security freezes and relevant state laws, contact your State Attorney General’s office or visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for credit freeze information.

    Please note that you must have an established credit file and credit history to place a fraud alert, a credit freez
    e or utilize www.annualcreditreport.com.