Local Optometrist Joins Campaign to Help Ensure Families around the World Have Access to Eye Care
Local Optometrist, Dr. Carla Eamon of Dr. C.L. Eamon Optometry, is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge on October 12th, 2023 to help give the gift of vision to people in underserved communities around the world.
Now in its 17th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is Optometry Giving Sight’s largest annual fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The theme this year is “Giving Together, Seeing Forever,” which celebrates the collective power of the optometry community to give the gift of sight to millions of families and individuals in need.
On World Sight Day (October 12th), Dr. Eamon will make a donation to raise funds to help the more than 1.1 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.
“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 17 years,” said Dr. Eamon. Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Everyone can make a 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 people like 16 year old Blessings from Matero, Zambia who dreams of becoming a doctor one day. Her pursuit of that dream came to a halt last year when she began to lose her vision. She couldn’t see the chalkboard or even read her own study notes and saw her grades slip rapidly.
Matero is home to nearly 60,000 people living in impoverished conditions. There, students like Blessings lack access to basic eye care services they need.
Today, Blessings’s dream lives on. She was able to get an eye exam and glasses free of charge, thanks to Optometry Giving Sight’s partnership with Operation Eyesight Universal and its school screening program. With simple vision correction, Blessings can once again see clearly from the back of the classroom and is getting ready for national exams.
For more information about Optometry Giving Sight or to make a donation, go to givingsight.org.
Dr. C.L.Eamon Optometry is located at Unit 3, 212 Van Buren St, Kemptville, ON K0G1J0.
Call 613-258-7438 or visit www.drcleamon.com to schedule an appointment.