on Thursday, August 30, 2012
CooperVision is a proud sponsor of the global charity Optometry Giving Sight. We are excited to share the second installation of a monthly series of posts from Optometry Giving Sight called “Making a Difference: Real Stories from Optometry Giving Sight.” This series will be about how patients have been given back the gift of sight with the help of Optometry Giving Sight.
Here is Davida’s story as shared to us from Optometry Giving Sight:
”Davida lives in Mozambique – a country with 20 million people and not a single optometrist. Optometry Giving Sight works with partners to fund projects like the Mozambique Eyecare Project, which is training local optometrists to ensure that people like Davida are never limited by poor vision.
Davida works as a domestic worker, but she can only see clearly 7cm in front of her; she was effectively blind.
Optometrist James Loughman was astonished when he performed her first eye exam. Every time James tried a stronger lens she would give a small gasp and then smile approvingly. Her vision would continuously improve until he found the right prescription for her.
Davida’s new glasses will not just allow her to see better so that she can perform her job, it will allow her and her family to have a better life and future. Now, when she looks in the mirror, she can see just how beautiful her smile is.”
Did you know that CooperVision patients have the opportunity to donate their CooperVision rebates to Optometry Giving Sight? Learn more about CooperVision’s partnership with Optometry Giving Sight here.
on Thursday, April 5, 2012
CooperVision has increased its partnership commitment to the organization Optometry Giving Sight by becoming a Platinum Global Sponsor, starting January 1, 2012. CooperVision had made a two year commitment to Optometry Giving Sight and is looking forward to building on the Gold Global Sponsorship that was announced last year. The partnership was warmly welcomed by staff throughout the organization. CooperVision customers also welcomed the partnership by making Optometry Giving Sight their International Charity of Choice. Patients can donate to the charity by donating all or a portion of their rebate when submitting their 2012 CooperVision rebate. Since January of this year, patients have contributed over $6,100 through the program with more donations to come.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in Optometry’s efforts to eliminate the backlog of uncorrected refractive error by the year 2020,” said Clive Miller, CEO for Optometry Giving Sight. “CooperVision’s support, along with that of our existing donors and Global and National sponsors, will help us to reach more people in underserved communities and transform the lives of millions in need by providing access to affordable and accessible eye care services delivered by locally trained ECPs.”
Mr. Miller noted that thanks to the support of the global Optometric community, Optometry Giving Sight is currently funding 26 projects in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They include support for Schools of Optometry, the establishment of vision centers, optical laboratories and training clinics, and outreach programs to provide services for those most in need.