We can help the world to see
An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment (1). However, globally, more than 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. So, we have looked at what we can do to make a difference to change these statistics and change lives for the better.
Two simple ideas with a positive impact
- Simply donate your unwanted spectacles to us which we will pass on to Vision Aid Overseas.
- We don’t charge for minor repairs, so why not add a small donation into our Institute of Optometry charity box.
A better life
To see is to be able to have access to education and to work. Access to sight immediately improves the quality of life and sometimes all is needed is a pair of glasses to provide someone with hope and a better future.
Vision Aid Overseas
Your donated spectacles are recycled for their metal content to fund building Vision Centres in some of Africa’s most isolated communities where patients can receive a free eye test by locally trained eye care workers and, for those in need, purchase affordable brand new glasses.
We have been collecting unwanted spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas since the late 1980’s.
Institute of Optometry
This charity helps to develop services for the benefit of the profession and the public. It is recognised as a centre of excellence for the clinical training of Optometrists and its specialist clinics and is particularly renowned for its research in the area of Optometry.
We have been supporting the Institute of Optometry for 30 years and still have one of the original wooden collection boxes in use.
Our focus during December 2019 was to raise funds for Seeability, a local charity based in Epsom providing specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss. A donation of £259 was collected from a combined contribution from us and from our generous patients who chose to give to the charity in return for the free spectacle repairs we carried out for them.
Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 200 years.
Since 2013 Seeability has carried out sight testing and dispensing glasses to children in a number of special schools throughout the UK. This specialist eye care creates an opportunity for those with poor eyesight to have their vision corrected and thus the opportunity to learn, communicate and feel more confident.
This wonderful charity is more than just giving better vision, it is about transforming lives for the better.
Sutton Vision 2018
Sutton Vision is a registered charity and has been supporting people who are blind or partially sighted in the London Borough of Sutton since 1965.
Sutton Vision offers a wide range of services to help enable and empower people with sight loss to live independent and full lives. Services such as a Low Vision Clinic, a Resource Centre, social groups and awareness activities. Sutton Vision also employ a Sight Advisor who is based at the eye unit of St Helier Hospital 28 hours a week who can provide emotional and practical support.
This Christmas we chose to donate to Sutton Vision as it is a charity actively involved in supporting our local community and also one we know well from having referred patients to them over the years. We donated £410 to Sutton Vision from frame sales during December 2018. The money raised will help Sutton Vision to provide their worthwhile services so that others around us may live their lives more fully.
Crisis at Christmas 2017
Vision Care for Homeless People in conjunction with Crisis at Christmas provide free eye examinations throughout London over the festive period for the homeless. This Christmas, during one week, 312 people had their eyes examined and 32 people were referred to eye hospitals for further investigation and treatment. 241 people had spectacles produced to their prescription giving them clearer vision.
In the month of December 2017 we ran a campaign to donate money from every OCT Retinal Scan we performed in practice and raised £275 for Vision Care for Homeless People. This donation helped to go towards providing an eye exam and spectacles for homeless people at the Crisis Centres. So a big thank you to our patients who had an OCT Retinal Scan. It was very much ‘Your Vision giving Provision to others’.
(1) Bourne RRA, Flaxman SR, Braithwaite T, Cicinelli MV, Das A, Jonas JB, et al.; Vision Loss Expert Group. Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections of the global prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Sep;5(9):e888–97.