Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. Your donations allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund the solution by supporting programs that:
- Train – local eye care professionals and;
- Establish – vision centres for sustainability to;
- Deliver – eye care and low cost glasses
Sight is the most treasured of our five senses. We see the world and its myriad of colors and shapes through the windows of our eyes. We learn with them. We laugh with them. We communicate with them. We provide for our families with them. We see our loved ones with them.
Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.
In 2003, the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (formerly ICEE) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness created Optometry Giving Sight to mobilize resources from the global optometric community to help eliminate refractive error blindness and low vision.
Optometry Giving Sight was first launched in the UK in 2003, followed by Australia and the Netherlands in 2004, the United States and Canada in 2005, and Italy in 2006. In 2009, Optometry Giving Sight launched in Norway, Singapore and Ireland.
Optometry Giving Sight supports of the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an initiative of the World Health and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. VISION 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020, in order to give all people in the world the right to sight.
Optometrists, opticians, their staff and patients, optical companies and their staff support Optometry Giving Sight by making donations and raising funds in their practices and work places.
A world where avoidable blindness and vision loss due simply to the lack of a pair of eye glasses no longer threaten the quality-of-life and future livelihood of children and adults because there is universal access to quality vision and eye care services for all those in need.
Optometry Giving Sight has established not for profit corporations and been awarded charitable status in Australia, Canada, USA, Italy, UK and Ireland. These organizations are collectively referred to as the Optometry Giving Sight Global Organizations. Each Optometry Giving Sight Global Organization has agreed to adopt common procedures and policies in respect to corporate governance, fundraising, reporting, project funding and support.
Optometry Giving Sight in Norway is an unincorporated entity but has also agreed to be bound by these common procedures and policies. Optometry Giving Sight in Singapore is registered as a not for profit organization and is currently in the process of applying for registration as a charity.
The Directors of these Optometry Giving Sight Global Organizations have each established national sub committees whose role is to help govern the Organization so that each fulfils its statutory responsibilities under the relevant country’s legislation and delivers the Organization’s aims and outcomes while acting ethically and prudently.
Sponsors and Partners
Optometry Giving Sight works with many different organizations towards the ultimate goal of eliminating avoidable blindness due to uncorrected refractive error. Thanks to the support of our corporate sponsors and optometry associations around the world, as well as our three Founding Partners, we continue to help transform lives through the gift of vision.
Thanks to our corporate sponsors, we guarantee that 85% of donations from optometrists, opticians, their practices, staff and patients go directly to give sight to people in need. Thank you to all of oursponsors around the world in particular to our two Global Founding Patrons: Brien Holden Vision Institute and CIBA VISION and to our Platinum Global Sponsor: CooperVision.
You can view our sponsors here:
Local NGO Partners
Optometry Giving Sight raises the funds to allow those organisations implementing programs around the world to do what they do best – give sight to those in need. Below are just some of the agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) that are doing work in refractive error programs in countries most in need.
Optometry Giving Sight is a global response to a global problem. With more than 600 million people around the world in need of eye care services, we can only make a significant impact on this global problem by working together.
Global Founding Partners
Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 by three of the world’s leading eye care organizations, who came together to collaborate on a global campaign in support of the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight to give sight to millions in need while helping to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
|World Optometry Foundation: The WOF is the humanitarian arm of the World Council of Optometry, an international organization with more than 50 country members dedicated to the enhancement and development of eye and vision care worldwide.|
|Brien Holden Vision Institute: Our purpose is to help provide excellent and equitable vision care solutions for everyone, everywhere.|
|International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness: IAPB was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead an international effort in mobilizing resources for blindness prevention activities. The purpose of the IAPB is to promote and sustain a global campaign against all forms of avoidable blindness led by governments with input from the World Health Organisation, and NGOs.|