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Optometry Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight

Every person around the globe should have access to  eye care and all that is surrounding the word. From eye care professionals to access to eyeglasses, everyone should be able to see properly and have access to those services. This is what Optometry Giving Sight has for mission, among many other things. We are proud to support this wonderful organisation.

From Optometry Giving Sight’s Website

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. Your donations allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund the solution by supporting programs that:

  •     Train – local eye care professionals and;
  •     Establish – vision centres for sustainability to;
  •     Deliver – eye care and low cost glasses

Sight is the most treasured of our five senses. We see the world and its myriad of colors and shapes through the windows of our eyes. We learn with them. We laugh with them. We communicate with them. We provide for our families with them. We see our loved ones with them.

Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.

History

In 2003, the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (formerly ICEE) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness created Optometry Giving Sight to mobilize resources from the global optometric community to help eliminate refractive error blindness and low vision.

Optometry Giving Sight was first launched in the UK in 2003, followed by Australia and the Netherlands in 2004, the United States and Canada in 2005, and Italy in 2006. In 2009, Optometry Giving Sight launched in Norway, Singapore and Ireland.

Optometry Giving Sight supports of the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an initiative of the World Health and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. VISION 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020, in order to give all people in the world the right to sight.

Optometrists, opticians, their staff and patients, optical companies and their staff support Optometry Giving Sight by making donations and raising funds in their practices and work places.

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