MyHealth 1st

MyHealth 1st

It's a beautiful world - if you can see it.

MyHealth1st is committed to supporting Optometry Giving Sight, a charity dedicated to helping the 1.35 billion people around the world who are needlessly blind or vision impaired, simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and glasses.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error. The charity has worked to provide basic eye care services to over 7.6 million people, trained more than 14,000 eye care professionals, supported the establishment of 133 vision centres and funded the establishment of 11 Schools of Optometry in emerging countries.

Uncorrected vision has serious negative effects for people in every stage of life. The inability to see clearly is detrimental to a child’s well-being, school performance and emotional and social development. If left uncorrected, a child’s eyesight may further deteriorate as they reach adulthood, limiting their opportunities for work and decreasing their productivity. Poor vision also disproportionately affects the elderly, who experience the negative impact it has on their physical and mental health, as well as the challenges it presents for their mobility, sense of independence and safety.1

Estimates indicate that by 2050 half of the world’s population will be myopic, and according to The World Health Organisation, “Vision impairment due to uncorrected distance refractive error costs the world US$202 billion per year in lost productivity, direct and indirect costs.”2 These figures speak volumes about the educational and economic productivity that will be lost without increased access to better eye health.

Alyssa (pictured above) is but one of the millions of people that Optometry Giving Sight has helped. Her life has been transformed by proper eye care. Alyssa, who lives in a rural village in Mexico, struggled for years with poor eyesight which affected her everyday life during school, at home and play. 

“I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” says Alyssa. Her mother, Emelia, worried about Alyssa’s future, “I felt helpless because I wanted to give her the best but I don’t have the resources to do it and I felt awful.”

A local NGO supported by Optometry Giving Sight visited Alyssa’s school, she was given a free eye exam and a pair prescription glasses. With this help Alyssa’s world changed forever.

“I want to say that I’m very thankful for my eyeglasses and everything that was wrong, is now in the past," said Alyssa with a wide smile. "Nothing can stop me now.”

Much more can be done to help those in need.

Make a positive contribution by donating today.

Donations allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund programs that are sustainable and help train local people to become optometrists and optometric technicians, to date they have supported 72 projects in 38 countries.

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“The Social and Economic Impact of Poor Vision,” Boston Consulting Group and Essilor”, May 2012,

Smith TS, Frick KD, Holden BA, Fricke TR, Nadioo KS. Potential lost productivity resulting from the global burden of uncorrected refractive error. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2012;90:728-738.