Optometry Giving Sight Challenge— Giving Back
For the last several years our patients and staff have joined together in the months of September and October to participate in a global endeavor to help give the gift of sight to those in visually under served countries such as India, China, Africa, UK, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Peru and more ongoing projects.
Some background on Optometry Giving Sight:
This is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision simply due to uncorrected refractive error (the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses). More than 600 million people around the world are blind or visually impaired primarily because they do not have access to the eye examination and the subsequent glasses that they need. The raised funds go to three major areas:
1. Train-train local eye individuals to become eye care professionals.
2. Establish– establish vision centers that are sustainable.
3. Deliver– deliver eye care at low cost to provide eye glasses.
Sight is commonly the most treasured sense among our other senses. We see the world through our eyes. We learn with them, laugh with them and communicate with them. We provide for our families by using them and see our friends, family and the world through them. Sight can make the difference in a productive and full life.
Several passions had led me into this profession by the time I applied for optometry school. While I was doing my undergraduate studies I had two fields of study which I felt conflicted to pursue. I studied Biology and wanted to serve the public. I was undecided whether that should be through teaching or becoming an optometrist. I grew up in a family of educators including my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents and it seemed like the obvious choice to make; however, I also was painfully nearsighted and was passionate about serving those with similar vision problems. I was also known to be the one to take a slightly different path. Ultimately, I was able to fulfill both roles as I went on to optometry school. I had the opportunity through my career to teach my patients about choices to improve vision as well as ways to prevent eye health problems. Additionally, through my association with Alcon Laboratories, Inc, I have taught 4th year optometry students about aspects of private practice and contact lens fitting options. I have been blessed to practice optometry and teach!
My team and I are particularly passionate about the opportunity of global missions. I share a common goal with my staff to be community and globally conscientious, sharing education and restoring refractive needs. This particular program has always been significant to me because of their emphasis on education. While American optometrists and technicians do go serve overseas, optometry schools are being established and locals are being taught the skills needed to sustain eye care long after the missionaries leave. They have left a project in the hands of the citizens and leaders of that community.
This year we are donating $5 for each pair of glasses purchased through Colleyville Vision Associates, as well as $2 for each eye examination in the months of September and October. It is also on our practice “Bucket List” in the upcoming years to take part in one of these vision mission trips and work together in the field giving of the gift of sight.
We have already been blessed by several donations from our patients who partner with us in support of a mission that is dear to our hearts! If you wish to donate or merely learn more please contact our office.