Posted Monday, October 1, 2012 by Cori Cooper
FAMILY EYECARE ASSOCIATES GIVES GIFT OF VISION TO PEOPLE IN NEED
Family Eyecare Associates are joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries and underserved communities.
More than 600 million people in the world are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. During the month of October, Family Eyecare Associates will donate $2.00 for every frame purchased to Optometry Giving Sight, an organization that helps provide eye care around the world. World Sight Day is October 11, and for that entire day, $5.00 per frame sold will be donated! Just $5.00 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country.
“We are proud supporters of Optometry Giving Sight, it is such a worthwhile cause,” said Dr. Cori Cooper. “World Sight Day Challenge is an amazing and easy way to help support millions of people who don’t have access to basic eye care that we so often take for granted. We invite everyone to join us during the month, and especially on October 11. The pair of glasses you purchase can mean an entire eye care experience for an individual in need.”
Children are especially vulnerable. Providing vision correction to a school-age child can literally transform his/her entire life. “Sight is empowering. For some, access to eye care is the first step towards getting an education, or providing for the family,” said Loid Semente, a student training to become an optometrist with the Mozambique Eyecare Project.
Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85 percent of all funds raised by optometrists and their patients go directly to supporting programs that give sight to those most in need. Funds raised from World Sight Day Challenge will be directed to projects in 35 projects across 23 countries around the world.
The practice is also inviting all of their patients to make a personal donation throughout October.
Family Eyecare Associates is located at 1965 Baring Blvd in Sparks.
Go to www.familyeyecareassociates.com to schedule an appointment, or call 775-358-1020.
For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, visit www.givingsight.org
About Optometry Giving Sight
Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Optometry Foundation, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Industry sponsors include Alcon, Brien Holden Vision Institute, CooperVision, Marchon, Vision Source, Transitions, TLC Laser Eye Centers, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Essilor, ABB Concise, AllAboutVision.com, Focus Laboratories, CLMA, Vision Expo, Wolters Kluwer and First Vision Media Group.. Optometry Giving Sight is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
About World Sight Day
World Sight Day is an initiative of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO); the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and non government organizations with the shared goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020, in order to give all people in the world the right to sight. This year, World Sight Day will be held on Thursday, October 11.
About the World Sight Day Challenge
The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight which is designed to raise funds for projects that provide vision care, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
Examples of how donations can help:
$50 can help provide a study kit to an optometry student
$100 can help provide 20 people with access to an eye exam and glasses
$300 can help to provide a child size trial frame
$1200 could pay a month's salary for an optometrist to see up to 40 patients a day
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