Why Supporting Vision Charities Is Important

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If you are ever wondering why you should support a vision charity, this picture speaks for itself

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We have complied a partial listing of Vision Charities. As an FYI here are some stats

  • Over 45 million people in the world are blind—a figure that is expected to grow to 76 million by 2020. Of these, 80 percent of the blindness could have been avoided by either early detection or treatment.
  • 124 million people worldwide suffer from low vision.
  • 670 million people in the world (almost 10 percent of the world’s population) suffer from uncorrected vision problems—most of which could be addressed by a normal pair of eyeglasses.

A Few More Facts

  • Every 5 seconds someone in the World goes blind.
  • One child loses their sight each minute of every day.
  • 45,000,000 people in the World are blind.
  • 25,000,000 adults and children are blind due to cataracts.
  • 80% of adults and children with cataracts live in under-developed nations.
  • 80% of the World’s blindness is treatable with proper medical care.

Free Eye Exams

  • Giving Sight (www.givingsight.org) is a Optometric charity that sends optometrists to underdeveloped countries, Provides eye exams and eyewear so they can get jobs and help to become contributing members of society.
  • Fight For Sight -Since 1946, Fight for Sight supports and inspireseye and vision research by providing funding to scientists.  Facebook
  • Laugh For Sight (Facebook)
  • New Eyes For the Needy
  • The Lions Club International (www.lionsclub.org) Eyeglass donations collects, cleans, repairs and sends reused eyeglasses to those in need.  Donations centers exist internationally as well as online.
  • Lion’s Club International Foundation – Prevents blindness and restores sight through the SightFirst Program, and a number of other sight initiatives.
  • Optometry Cares: Optometry Cares—The American Optometric Association Foundation administers the American Optometric Association’s public health programs, including VISION USA and InfantSEE®. Goal: Expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S.
  • Orbis International (www.orbis.org) runs the Flying Eye Hospital. Doctors donate  time and fly to needy areas to give eye exams and care to needy people globally.
  • Prevent Blindness America– The oldest volunteer organization, promotes eye health
  • Restoring Vision– RestoringVision.org provides new reading glasses and sunglasses to groups going to developing countries
  • The Seeing Eye–  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing dog guide school in the world
  • The Center For The Partially Sighted –www.low-vision.org
  • The Scojo Foundation (www.scojofoundation.com) is designed to help reading glasses be more accessible in developing countries by training locals in basic optometry skills so they can assess their local need and sell eyewear at a low cost in their community.
  • Vision Outreach
  • Vision Spring – www.visionspring.org) which uses a micro-lending model involving poor people selling new readers out of a back-pack to other poor people in the developing world (thus providing both jobs and vision concurrently).
  • Vision 2020 member organizations – The Vision 2020 website lists 111 international organizations that are committed to eliminating avoidable blindness.  The list includes links to contact the individual organization to learn more about how you can help.
  • Vosh International-The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care

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Canada

  • SEVA Canada – (I mentioned SEVA Canada in a recent post, and will be donating all my earnings from Amazon this month to SEVA Canada.)  They help communities in 7 countries and regions develop their own capacity to deliver affordable eye care services. SEVA has a Gift of Sight catalog that lets you specify where your money goes.

Australia

  • The Fred Hollows Foundation (www.hollows.org.au) believes that indigenous Australians deserve the same health care and life expectancy as other Australians, and they run a vision program helping the needlessly blind of the outback.

United Kingdom

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5 COMMENTS

  1. excellent article on global/local pro bono eyecare needs and organizations. we currently partner with oklahoma city’s City Rescue Mission providing free eyecare & optical eyewear to their clients/patients. we would be interested in expanding our “reach” by co-partnering with any other local or national organizations as part of our goals to reach more patients thru out oklahoma…..if interested feel free to e-mail me @ thomaswolf@me .com …doc wolf

  2. […] November 15th is America Recycles Day. A Day in which to bring attention and motivate people to recycle. Eyecare professionals are in a unique position to help the world globally to see by encouraging patients to recycle their lenses, readers and eyewear to organizations like the Lions Club.  I think we all know how important Vision Charities are. […]

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