As optical professionals, Edmonds and Slatter Opticians are concerned about people around the world who lack access to the quality eye care we often take for granted. Because of this, they will participate in the 2015 World Sight Day Challenge this October.
Now in its 9th 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 is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.
There are 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.
“We have supported Optometry Giving Sight for a number of years,” said Saagar Hirani, Partner at Edmonds and Slatter. “Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Most people are surprised to learn that for as little as £3 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives. Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to universal eye health.”
Participating is easy – simply make a single or monthly donation before the end of October. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2015.
• £30 can help provide a study kit to an optometry student
• £60 can help provide 20 people with access to an eye exam and glasses
• £200 can help to provide a child size trial frame for a community based vision centre
• £800 could pay a month's salary for an optometrist to see up to 40 patients a day
As World Sight Day falls on the 8th of October this year, during the month of October Edmonds and Slatter Opticians will raise funds for the World Sight Day Challenge by selling charity wristbands in each practice and asking patients for voluntary donations when providing complimentary spectacle repairs and adjustments.
Please visit any of their practices in Blaby, Lutterworth or Glenfield during the month of October to make a donation or purchase your wristband.
To donate today, or for more information, visit www.givingsight.org