Your donations will allow us to help fund eye care projects that seek to ensure long term results in three ways.
These projects aim to:
TRAIN EYE CARE PROFESSIONALS
The training of local people is perhaps the single most important way we can ensure that in time, underserved communities have access to high quality eye care services from within. Sadly, there is a severe shortage of eye care workers in the parts of the world where they are most needed.
ESTABLISH VISION CENTRES
Unfortunately, for many people with vision problems in underserved communities, it is not as easy as walking into a local optometrist for an eye exam as optometry did not exist there as a profession until recently. In some countries today there are no local eye care professionals.
DELIVER EYE CARE SERVICES
Uncorrected refractive error (URE), the need for an eye exam & a pair of glasses, is the number 1 cause of visual impairment*. We mobilize resources from the optical community & their patients to help the more than 600 million people who are blind or vision impaired due to URE.
By raising money though optometrists, optical companies and people who value good vision we have been able to disburse over US$22 million in 97 sustainable eye care projects in 39 countries since 2007.
These countries include:
Afghanistan; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Cameroon; Cambodia; China; Colombia; East Timor; El Salvador; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Ghana; Haiti; India; Australia; Indonesia; Kenya; Malawi; Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal; Nicaragua; Peru; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sumba; Tanzania; Thailand; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States; Vietnam; Zambia.
In 2016 Optometry Giving Sight is funding 43 projects in 26 countries.
These projects have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of individuals, provided vital support to community education and advocacy activities to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and promoted the role of the Optometrist as primary eye care provider.
These projects have also helped to:
- provide basic eye care services to over 7.6 million people
- train more than 14,000 eye care personnel and
- support the establishment of 133 vision centres.