Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive errors – which can be treated simply by an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
FYidoctors has been a long-time supporter of Optometry Giving Sight and their efforts to end avoidable blindness and vision loss by creating universal access to quality vision and eye care services for all those in need. According to the World Health Organization, more than 600 million people are currently blind or struggling with impaired vision because they don’t have access to a comprehensive eye exam or glasses. For those in need – both internationally and here in our local communities – sight can potentially mean the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.
Originally founded in 2003, Optometry Giving Sight now operates in the UK, the Netherlands, the United States, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Ireland and Canada. The organization is also closely tied to the goals of “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”, an initiative of the World Health Organization working towards eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
To help achieve this goal, Optometry Giving Sight trains local eye care professionals around the world, establishes vision centres in at-risk areas and delivers vision care and eyeglasses to those in need.
What You Can Do to Help 1. Join the World Sight Day Challenge
Designed to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, the World Sight Day Challenge is held on the second Thursday of October each year and is supported by countless eye health charities, professionals and organizations around the world (including Optometry Giving Sight and FYidoctors). Throughout the month, FYidoctors is donating $1 to Optometry Giving Sight for every new Page ‘Like’ on Facebook or ‘Follow’ on Twitter.2. Donate to Optometry Giving Sight
Optometry Giving Sight currently runs numerous programs to train local optometrists, build new eye care centres and offer complete exams and eyeglasses to those in need. Here are just a few of the ways your donation dollars can help:
- $25 could provide 5 people with vision through eye exams and glasses
- $100 could provide screening for school children in a local community
- $300 could purchase a single “trial frame”, a type of prescription lenses that patients wear to help determine any refractive errors
To make a single, monthly or annual donation to Optometry Giving Sight, visit: http://www.givingsight.org/wsdc-donate3. Promote Optometry Giving Sight
For charities such as Optometry Giving Sight, simply spreading the word is crucial to their success. To help promote this worthwhile charity and their efforts to stop vision impairment and blindness, share this blog post on Facebook, tweet about your donation or tell your friends and family about your support.
Our vision is one of the most important gifts we have. To date, Optometry Giving Sight has funded 67 projects in 38 countries. Your support makes a difference by giving disadvantaged individuals the chance to see the things that matter most.
FYidoctors is a proud Platinum Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight and a regular participant in the annual World Sight Day Challenge. Click here to learn more and get involved.