Local Optometrist joins Campaign to raise funds to provide eye care everywhere.

Local Optometrist, Dr. Carla Eamon, is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in under-served communities around the world.

Now in its 12th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoid- able blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.

On World Sight Day (October 11), Dr. Eamon will donate her exam fees to raise funds to help the more than 1.22 billion people who are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 12 years,” said Dr. Eamon. “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 $5 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 2018.

This year’s campaign will help to raise funds for more children like Sokhanya from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With poor vision, travelling safely to school and learning in class became dangerous and difficult. A free service funded by Optometry Giving Sight helped Sokhanya to access eye care and receive a pair of glasses. She is now able to go to school, learn, and enjoy the company of her friends. Sokhanya’s dream now is to become a nurse and help others.

In providing eye care everywhere, Optometry Giving Sight will fund projects implemented by the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation.

For more information, go to www.givingsight.org

Dr. Eamon is located at 212 Van Buren St. Call 613 258 7438 to schedule an appointment.

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