Give the gift of vision to people in need

Vernon Optometry takes part in World Sight Day Challenge in support of the Optometry Giving Sight organization

For many people around the world, sight is empowering: without it, they have limited access to education and the ability to provide for their families.

Today, the doctors and staff at Vernon Optometry are taking steps to improve that access by participating in World Sight Day Challenge in support of the Optometry Giving Sight organization.

The staff will provide free frame adjustments and cleanings. It will be a fun day with many prizes to be won including a pair of men’s Smith sports sunglasses and women’s designer Coach sunglasses. There will be a candy-guess contest for the kids and much more. The practice will donate $50 from every eye-exam that day to Optometry Giving Sight.

In addition to today’s celebrations, Vernon Optometry will host a silent auction throughout the month. Donations have been abundant and include sunglasses by Fendi and Michael Kors, any Burberry frame, a year’s supply of prescription contact lenses, and three free pairs of prescription lenses available to be won. Stop by and place your bid.

All proceeds will go to Optometry Giving Sight, an organization dedicated to providing education, training and all around services in the optical fields of developing communities.

The funds raised from World Sight Day Challenge will be directed to 35 projects across 23 countries around the world. Vernon Optometry is teaming with Optometry Giving Sight to achieve the shared goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

Dr. Meghan Ashton was inspired by stories like that of Loid Semente, who is one of the students training to become an optometrist with the Mozambique Eyecare Project, supported by Optometry Giving Sight. Loid will be one of the first optometrists in her country. She is passionate about optometry because of the significant impact it can have for the people of Mozambique.

“Sight is empowering,” she said. “For some, access to eye care is the first step towards getting an education, or providing for your family.”

Vernon Optometry has been supporting Optometry Giving Sight for seven years and is proud to contribute to the cause.

“The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we take for granted,” said Ashton.

The World Sight Day Challenge is coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, to raise funds for projects that provide vision care, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error, simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.

Vernon Optometry is at 100, 3605-31st St.