World Sight Day Challenge Coalition Forms in Support of Optometry Giving Sight
Rancho Cordova, Calif., August 26, 2013 – Organizations within the eyecare industry today announce the formation of the World Sight Day Challenge Coalition. Coalition members include ABB OPTICAL GROUP, Alcon, AllAboutVision.com®, CooperVision, Essilor, Eyefinity®, Marchon® Eyewear, TLC Laser Eye Centers, Transitions Optical, VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Vision Source®, VSP Optics Group, and VSP® Vision Care. The Coalition’s objective is to raise awareness about the importance of eye health and help expand access to eyecare through support of Optometry Giving Sight, and their annual fundraising campaign, the World Sight Day Challenge.
More than 600 million people around the world suffer from avoidable blindness or impaired vision simply because they do not have access to an eye exam and glasses. This directly impacts their daily activities and their ability to learn and work. In addition to helping identify and correct visual acuity needs, an annual eye exam can also detect serious health conditions, such as diabetes, up to seven years before symptoms show.
“Each of the organizations involved in this coalition have a long standing commitment to eye health awareness and access to care,” said Rob Lynch, CEO, VSP Global® and Global Development Board Member for Optometry Giving Sight. “Leveraging the strength of each of the coalition partners allows us to broaden our collective reach in support of Optometry Giving Sight and their global efforts to fund sustainable eyecare-related projects for those in need around the world.”
In an effort to raise awareness and mobilize support behind this public health issue, the World Sight Day Challenge Coalition will take part in a series of activities leading up to World Sight Day, which will take place on October 10.
“Preventable blindness is a solvable problem, and the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way for everyone to make a meaningful contribution and help to provide eye and vision care for all people,” said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “We are very excited about the formation of the coalition and hope their leadership will help to encourage many more companies and optometric practices to take the World Sight Day Challenge and make a donation between now and October 10.”
For more information about the World Sight Day Challenge, please visit givingsight.org/challenge.
About Optometry Giving Sight
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye examination and glasses. It was created in 2003 as a means of mobilizing resources from the global optometric community to fund the development of sustainable vision care projects in communities where these do not currently exist. To date it has provided funds to more than 67 projects in 38 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas.