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Local optometrist Saagar Hirani, along with all the staff at Edmonds and Slatter Opticians, is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in areas of need.

Now in its 7th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2014.

On World Sight Day (October 9th) and throughout the whole of the month of October, Edmonds and Slatter Opticians have charity wristbands available at a suggested selling price of £3 each. The price of the wristbands is uniquely set as just £3 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Every contribution is meaningful. Edmonds and Slatter will also be offering their patients a chance to make a donation to the challenge fund for any complimentary adjustments or repairs they perform during the month.

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All donations and funds raised will help more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

“We have supported Optometry Giving Sight for a number of years,” said Mr Hirani. “Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give sight to those in need. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this year's $1 million goal, which will change a huge number of lives.”

To date Optometry Giving Sight has funded 72 projects in 42 countries. For more information about the charity please go to www.givingsight.org.If you would like to buy a wristband, make a donation or book a sight test please visit Edmonds and Slatter Opticians in Blaby, Glenfield or Lutterworth.