In 2003, the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute 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. Their mission is threefold, dedicating their resources to train local eye care professionals, establish vision centers for sustainability, and deliver eye care and glasses. Their vision is a world where avoidable blindness and vision loss due to a simple lack of eyeglasses is eliminated by utilizing access to quality vision and eye care services for those in need.
You and your practice can support their global initiative by making donations and/or raising funds. Their I Care & Share program is a great way to support their project and also market your practice to patients who value a company which gives back to these in need. Through this program you can base your donation on a product or service, such as eyeglass sales. For example, you could donate $2 for every pair of glasses you sell. Through this ‘buy one – give one principle’ you are letting your patients know that you care and share!
These fundraising efforts support a range of high-impact, long-lasting programs in underserved communities around the world. With your help, Optometry Giving Sight supports 35 projects in 27 countries. They provide vital support to community education and advocacy activities to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and the role of the Optometrist as primary eye care providers.