Newsletter November 2016
At our office, we care about protecting our patients’ vision. As optometrists, we also care about people around the world who lack access to quality vision care. Because of this, Lake Country Optometry participated in the World Sight Day Challenge on Wednesday October 12.
Now in its 10th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.
There are more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.
Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Most people are inspired to learn that for as little as $5 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives. Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to Optometry Giving Sight.
On World Sight Day (October 12), Lake Country Optometry donated exam fees to Optometry Giving Sight. We also took donations to Optometry Giving Sight throughout the entire month of October.
We’d loved that our patients got their eyes tested during the Challenge to help raise awareness and funds for this great cause. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2016. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this goal and invite you to join us in making a donation at our office or at www.givingsight.org
Socheata is 17 years old and in her final year of studies. She recently received an eye examination as part of a School Eye Health program at her school in Cambodia part funded by Optometry Giving Sight. “When I was in grade 11, I was really struggling to see,” she said. “I found trying to see or read long distance an immense struggle, especially while the teacher was writing on the board. Once I received my glasses I started to use them often for travelling to school, especially for school time and doing house work. I felt comfortable wearing my glasses and was no longer getting dizzy or suffering from headaches from straining my eyes”.
To date, Optometry Giving Sight has disbursed funding from donors and sponsors to 106 projects in 42 countries.
To donate today, or for more information, visit www.givingsight.org