Both Shirley and I are big supporters of Giving Back, and one of the best things an eyecare professional can do is give the Gift of Sight. The World Sight Day Challenge offers a fantastic opportunity for eyecare professionals to support an international Day of Awareness about Blindness, give back to their community and use skills to help people all over the world, plus let your patients and future patients know you care.
The World Sight Day Challenge is Thursday, October 13.
To take the Challenge, all your company needs to do is make a corporate donation and / or encourage your staff to raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight and consider providing a company match for those donations
To find out more, get some ideas, raise some funds, go to the World Sight Day Challenge page on Optometry Giving Sight.
If you need another reason- Last year we wrote a post on the Global Importance of World Sight Day here . The highlights are:
- According to the CIA World Factbook it is estimated that the overall world literacy rate was 82%. Illiteracy is defined as those over 15 who cant read and write. Much of Illiteracy is the ability not to be able to see to learn.
- About 14 % of U.S. adults cannot this article because 1 in 7 are illiterate. 32 million U.S. adults lack basic prose literacy skill. That means they can’t read a newspaper or the instruction on a bottle of pills.
- Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department show that some In the United States, an estimated 80 million people have eye diseases which can potentially cause blindness, another 3 million have low vision, 1.1 million are legally blind, and 200,000 are considered severely visually impaired.
- An estimated 158 million, are coping with uncorrected refractive error: vision loss due to inadequate medical care and lack of corrective lenses. Of those suffering from URE, 8.7 million are completely blind. The rest contend with moderate to severe visual impairment.
- When parents cannot see, the children are put to work; World Vision’s Campaign to Combat the Worst Forms of Child Labor found that 85 percent of all children working in brick factories were laboring in hazardous situations. Notably, 22 percent of those children were forced by their families to work to pay off family debt and 72 percent were working because their families could not afford to buy food..