Mission & History

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Our vision for Giving Sight

A world with universal access to eye care services and solutions for those in need.

Our mission for Giving Sight

1.2 billion people need our help to see.

Communities around the world suffer from unnecessary blindness or vision impairment simply because they don’t have access to eye exams and appropriate glasses. Optometry Giving Sight aims to permanently solve this problem by focusing on support for sustainable solutions in underserved communities.

With the generous support of donors, Optometry Giving Sight focuses on the following initiatives:

Train

Provide training for local eye care professionals

Establish

Establish optometry schools, vision centers and optical labs

Deliver

Deliver eye exams and low or no-cost glasses

Our History of Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 as a joint initiative of the World Council of Optometry, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the Brien Holden Vision Institute to address the debilitating problem of vision impairment world-wide.

With the support of the optometry industry, optometry professionals, patients and donors, Optometry Giving Sight funds programs to deliver desperately needed vision care, train local eye care professionals, and develop sustainable infrastructure in developing countries.

Optometry Giving Sight established offices in the United States and Canada in 2007, and continues to operate with the vision of its three founders.

Our partners in Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight’s eye care projects are only possible through the support of our committed partners.

Our key implementing partners include: Brien Holden Foundation, Ver Bien, Vision for the Poor, VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), Vision Impact Institute, Canada Vision Care and Vision Institute of Canada, who are all at the center of our mission of developing optometry schools, establishing vision centers and delivering eye care for those who are in need.

Our major corporate partners help to fund the projects that we support. They include: CooperVision, Essilor, VSP, Bausch & Lomb, Alcon, Allergan, Carl Zeiss Vision, ABB Optical, Johnson & Johnson Canada, Westgroupe, Healthy Vision Association, De Rigo REM and others.

We are grateful to the doctor and practice members of leading optometry alliances that support the Optometry Giving Sight cause. These include Vision Source, PECAA, OSI, Eye Recommend, Texas State Optical, Vision Trends, Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Our media partners, Jobson Optical Group, Pentavision, Invision, First Vision Media, Envision/EnVue, Opt!k, I’optomètriste, Clinical and Refractive Optometry (CRO), and Candian Eye Care Business Review, help spread the word of our activities and and the impact of our donors support.

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