Optometry Giving Sight

Restoring sight can turn a life of poverty, into a life of opportunity. For many people, that’s vision for life.

Uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses - is the number one cause of visual impairment globally.*

Optometry Giving Sight aims to mobilize resources from the global optical community and their patients to help the more than 1.22 billion people in the world who are living as blind or vision impaired. They are the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets this issue.

Whether it’s funding the training of eye care professionals in Eritrea, the establishment of permanent vision centers in Sri Lanka, schools screenings in El Salvador or mobile clinics to reach disadvantaged children in the US, your donations ultimately mean that more people will gain access to quality eye care services. That means eye examinations and eye health assessments, access to affordable glasses and referral for further treatment for more complicated issues, such as cataracts.

We know while 80 percent of all global visual impairment is preventable, about 90 percent of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries.*

The good news is that uncorrected refractive error is a solvable problem and you can help.

By raising money though optometrists, optical companies and people who value good vision we have been able to disburse over US$22 million in more than 117 sustainable eye care projects in 39 countries since 2007.

These projects have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of individuals, provided vital support to community education and advocacy activities to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and promoted the role of the Optometrist as primary eye care provider.

These projects have also helped to:

  • provide basic eye care services to over 7.6 million people
  • train more than 14,000 eye care personnel
  • support the establishment of 133 vision centers

Optometry Giving Sight’s World Sight Day Challenge campaign brings the global optometry community together to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment, and CooperVision has been proud to participate in this campaign for the past eight years. Our partnership with Optometry Giving Sight has been referred to as “the gold standard when it comes to engagement with industry leaders to help ensure that everyone in the world, regardless of their means, has access to quality vision and eye care.” Your generosity will have a lasting, positive impact.

CooperVision locations around the world came together this year through a variety of creative events and activities, fundraising efforts, and new ways to build awareness of the important work of Optometry Giving Sight. The level of passion shown by our teams this year has been inspiring.

We’ve made it easy for you to help, too. We've invited those people who purchase contact lenses using a rebate to donate a portion, or all, of their CooperVision® contact lens rebates to help Optometry Giving Sight continue their work.

*Source: World Health Organization