Mission & History

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Our vision for Giving Sight

A world with universal access to eye care services and solutions for those in need.

Our mission for Giving Sight

1.2 billion people need our help to see.

Communities around the world suffer from unnecessary blindness or vision impairment simply because they don’t have access to eye exams and appropriate glasses. Optometry Giving Sight aims to permanently solve this problem by focusing on support for sustainable solutions in underserved communities.

With the generous support of donors, Optometry Giving Sight focuses on the following initiatives:


Provide training for local eye care professionals


Establish optometry schools, vision centers and optical labs


Deliver eye exams and low or no-cost glasses

Our History of Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 as a joint initiative of the World Council of Optometry, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the Brien Holden Vision Institute to address the debilitating problem of vision impairment world-wide.

With the support of the optometry industry, optometry professionals, patients and donors, Optometry Giving Sight funds programs to deliver desperately needed vision care, train local eye care professionals, and develop sustainable infrastructure in developing countries.

Optometry Giving Sight established offices in the United States and Canada in 2007, and continues to operate with the vision of its three founders.


Read Our Optometry Giving Sight 2021 Annual Report

Thank you to all our partners and for your continued support.


Our partners in Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight’s eye care projects are only possible through the support of our committed partners.

Our major corporate partners help to fund the projects that we support. They include: CooperVision, Essilor, Bausch & Lomb, Alcon, Allergan, Carl Zeiss Vision, ABB Optical, Johnson & Johnson Canada, WestGroupe, Healthy Vision Association, and others.

We are grateful to the doctor and practice members of leading optometry alliances that support the Optometry Giving Sight cause. These include Vision Source, PECAA, OSI, Eye Recommend.

Our media partners: Jobson Optical Group, Pentavision, Invision, Envision/EnVue, Opt!k, I’optomètriste, Clinical and Refractive Optometry (CRO), Optical Prism and Canadian Eye Care Business Review.

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