Manny was one of the tens of thousands of women

Manny was one of the tens of thousands of women

Optometrists set sight on challenge

A pair of local optometrists are doing their part to send the gift of sight to people in need.

A pair of local optometrists are doing their part to send the gift of sight to people in need.

Dr. Tanner Udenberg and Dr. Meghan Ashton, along with the staff at Vernon Optometry, are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge. During the month of October, they will be joining the campaign to help give the gift of vision to people in areas of need.

Along with collecting donations all month, Vernon Optometry will be donating a portion of eye exams on Thursday, World Sight Day.

Now in its seventh 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. The campaign goal for 2014 is to raise $1 million globally.

Through fundraising efforts last year, Vernon Optometry was able to provide funding for an eye exam and glasses for over 700 people in the developing world.

These efforts assist the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

“We at Vernon Optometry have supported Optometry Giving Sight for many years,” said Udenberg. “Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give sight to those in need. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this year’s $1 million goal, which will improve the lives of many people.”

Udenberg will also be volunteering on an eye care trip to a children’s hospital in Haiti in January 2015 (covering his own expenses).

Just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an under-served community. Every contribution is meaningful.