Making A Difference: Real Stories From Optometry Giving Sight

Posted by CooperVision 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.

Making a Difference: Real Stories from Optometry Giving Sight

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, July 30, 2012

CooperVision is a proud sponsor of the international charity Optometry Giving Sight. We are excited to introduce 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 a life of opportunity with the help of Optometry Giving Sight.

Here is Adrian’s story as shared to us from Optometry Giving Sight:

Adrian swaggers into Mozambique’s Lúrio University eye clinic and slumps in a chair. He gives off an air of bravado and appears to have a certain attitude. At 14, he is the oldest of five children who struggle to survive, living in a one room 5X4 mud-over-bamboo home in a shanty town in Mozambique. Adrian doesn’t have a dad and his mother tries to make ends meet with whatever work she can find.

Adrian’s favorite subjects at school are math, language and social studies, but he finds study difficult and gets bored quickly as he can’t see the chalkboard. He often misses classes as he has to pick up odd jobs to earn extra money for his family.

As Adrian was progressively refracted his vision became clearer and clearer until he was found to have a significant requirement of -7.50DS and -9.00DS. As the lenses were placed into the trial frame his macho act slipped. He became just a 14-year old boy in need of help– and who was seeing clearly for the very first time.

Adrian hopes his new glasses will help him improve in school and realize his ambition of becoming a teacher.

With his level of vision impairment Adrian’s new glasses will transform his life.

Optometry Giving Sight partnered with Lurio University, The International Centre for Eyecare Education, Brazilian Optometric Association and Irish Aid to implement the Campaign for Quality Vision in Mozambique.

Click here to learn more about Optometry Giving Sight and how CooperVision is working with its patients to help make a difference in the lives of patients like Adrian.

Optometry Giving Sight Updates

Posted by CooperVision 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.

CooperVision Becomes Gold Global Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
CooperVision announced that it will become a Gold Global Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight in Asia Pacific and Latin America. The sponsorship is in addition to the support it already provides to the charity in Australia, where it is a Silver National Sponsor, and to contributions made in Southeast Asia, Latin America and other parts of the world.

“We are delighted to make this commitment to Optometry Giving Sight on behalf of CooperVision,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón, president of CooperVision for Asia Pacific and Latin America regions. “Ninety percent of the world’s preventable blindness occurs in the developing world. Our company, on a worldwide basis, wants to be part of the solution.”

"This is an exciting development for Optometry Giving Sight,” said Global CEO, Clive Miller. “There is growing interest from eyecare professionals throughout these regions to help develop the human resources and infrastructure required to give all people the right to sight and to help end the cycle of poverty that many people find themselves in, simply because they can’t access an eye examination and glasses. This support from CooperVision Asia Pacific and Latin America will greatly assist our efforts to raise more money to fund more sustainable eye care projects in these areas”.

Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error—simply the need for an eye examination and glasses. It was created in 2003 by the World Council of Optometry, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a means of mobilizing resources from the global optometric community to fund the development of sustainable eye care projects in communities where these do not currently exist.

For more information, read the full article here.

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