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The History of Optometry Giving Sight and World Sight Day

The History of Optometry Giving Sight and World Sight Day

In 2003, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the World Council of Optometry created Optometry Giving Sight to mobilize resources from the global optometric community to help eliminate refractive error blindness and low vision. 

Optometry Giving Sight was first launched in the UK in 2003, followed by Australia in 2004, the United States and Canada in 2005, and Italy in 2006. In 2009, Optometry Giving Sight launched in Norway, Singapore and Ireland, and in Mexico in 2014.

Optometry Giving Sight supports the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan, which aims to reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 25% by the year 2019. Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error - simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. 1.22 billion people are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don't have access to an eye examination and appropriate glasses; including tens of millions of children with uncorrected myopia. Your donations allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund the solution by supporting programs that: train - local eye care professionals, establish - optometry schools and vision centers for sustainability, and deliver - eye care and low cost glasses.

In supportive efforts with Optometry Giving Sight, Isthmus Eye Care matches all of our patient donations. Isthmus Eye Care doctors, staff and patients have donated over $100,000 toward this worthy cause to date. Through the I Share & Care program, Isthmus Eye Care makes a donation to Optometry Giving Sight for each pair of eyeglasses sold. In 2012, Isthmus Eye Care was honored to be named the Practice of the Year for outstanding fundraising efforts for Optometry Giving Sight. Most recently in 2018, Isthmus Eye Care was recognized as a Chairman's Club member which acknowledges donors who have contributed a total of $12,000 or more in a single year. 

The World Sight Day Challenge is a major international fundraising campaign that brings the global optometry community together to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment. Together we can make a bigger impact.

Isthmus Eye Care, Vision Source and Optometry Giving Sight are partnering for this year's World Sight Day Challenge to help bring sustainable eye care to Northern Tanzania. This is the home region of Vision Source family member, Dr. Moes Nasser. Moes has been visiting the Lake Zone region in memory of his father for several years to deliver desperately needed eye care to  the people of this impoverished area. Your contribution will help to continue Moes' work in further developing accessible vision care for the region. 

We appreciate our patients who have donated and continued to donate to help support this cause!

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