World Sight Day: Eyre Eye Centre joins campaign to raise funds for better eye care

Better eye care: Optometrist Tamra Karolewicz encourages all parents to get their children's eyes checked before they start school and keep an eye out for warning signs such as learning difficulties, squinting and headaches.
Better eye care: Optometrist Tamra Karolewicz encourages all parents to get their children's eyes checked before they start school and keep an eye out for warning signs such as learning difficulties, squinting and headaches.

Eyre Eye Centre is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in underserved communities around the world.

Now in its 12th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.

On World Sight Day October 11, optometrist Tamra Karolewicz will donate her eye examination fees to raise funds to help the more than 1.22 billion people who are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses.

Eyre Eye Centre will also donate $5 for every child who has an eye exam at Eyre Eye Centre Port Lincoln during October. 

This will provide the same number of children in underserved countries the gift of an eye examination and a pair of glasses.

The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

This cause is close to Tamra’s heart as she started wearing glasses at just six months old.

“I know what it’s like to have no vision,” she said, “If I didn’t have the opportunity to get an eye test my eyesight would not have developed.”

“Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need.”

“We have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 12 years.”

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“Most people are surprised to learn that for a little as $5 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives.”

“Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to universal eye health.”

Call into the practice to donate to this worthy cause and guess how many chocolates are in the World Sight Day Challenge jar.

For a gold coin donation, you could win the entire jar and help change a child's life.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2018.

This year’s campaign will help to raise funds for more children like Sokhanya from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

With poor vision, travelling safely to school and learning in class became dangerous and difficult.

A free eye screening service provided by the Brien Holden Vision Institute helped Sokhanya to access good eye care and receive a pair of glasses.

She is now able to go to school, learn and enjoy the company of her friends. Sokhanya’s dream now is to become a nurse and help others. In providing good eye care everywhere, Optometry Giving Sight will fund projects implemented by the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

For more information go to givingsight.org

Eyre Eye Centre is located at 22 Liverpool Street, Port Lincoln.

Call 8682 4566 or go to eyreeyecentre.com.au