Local Optometrist Joins Campaign to Help Ensure Children Around the World Have Access to Eye Care
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 underserved communities around the world.
Now in its 13th 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.
On World Sight Day (October 10), Dr. Eamon will donate her exam fees and hold a celebration to raise funds to help the more than 1.2 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 “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. This year’s campaign will help raise funds for more children like 9-year-old Paul from Kenya. Paul was living on the streets when Ben, a teacher at a school for the visually impaired, noticed that he had problems with his sight. Ben took Paul to a vision centre funded by Optometry Giving Sight where Paul was prescribed glasses and medication. Now Paul is happily back in school and able to read and write. He has a bright future, and thanks to Ben who decided to adopt him, a new loving family. Paul aspires to be like Ben when he is older, so he can help children in need just as he was!
We look forward to your support as we help to raise urgently needed funds for this great cause.
For more information, go to www.givingsight.org.
Dr. Eamon’s office is located at 212 Van Buren Street, drop by for the celebration, or at any time. Call 613-258-7438to schedule an appointment.