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Giving Back

Optometry Giving Sight is helping millions of people in developing countries who are blind or vision impaired simply because they can’t access an eye exam and glasses.

Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 to address the needs of the 300 million men, women and children around the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Why? Because in some countries there are not enough trained eye care personnel and there is no infrastructure to support these desperately needed eye care services.

Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising campaign reaching out to the more than 200,000 optometrists around the world, and their nearly 325 million patients, to fund the solution.

Optometry Giving Sight supports programs that offer not only eye exams and glasses in countries with little or no access to them, but that establish the infrastructure and train the local human resources required for sustainable, quality vision care.

At the end of 2007, Optometry Giving Sight distributed US$1,000,000 to projects that will give sight to people with refractive error blindness and impaired vision in Africa, Sri Lanka, East Timor and Indigenous Australia. The funds have been raised by optometrists, their staff, patients and optometric students in Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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