Eyecare Community to Come Together and Take the World Sight Day Challenge on Oct. 8

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Eyes@Narangba in Queensland, Australia will be spinning the wheel on World Sight Day, giving participants a chance to win a pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses. At $5 a spin, the practice is hoping to raise $1,000 for the Challenge.

NEW YORK—Members of the North American eyecare community are gearing up once again to support and celebrate Optometry Giving Sight and its annual fundraising campaign, the World Sight Day Challenge held throughout September and October.

This year’s Coalition members include ABB Optical Group, Alcon, AllAboutVision.com, CooperVision, Essilor, Eyefinity, FYidoctors, Marchon Eyewear, Vision Source, VSP Global and ZeaVision.

They will be joined by A&A Optical, Acuity Pro Software, Advance Optical, Allergan, Art Optical, Bard Optical, ClearVision Optical, Contamac, DAC Vision, Demandforce, Essilor Canada, Europa, Eye Pros, Eye Recommend, Gateway Professional Network, GPLI, Heidelburg Engineering, Hilco, Hi-Tech Products, IBM Global Delivery Systems, Jobson Medical Information, Konan Medical, Kosh Ophthalmics, Match, Menicon, Modern Optical, Modo, Nikon, Oasis Medical, Ocuco, Optos, Optovue, OSI, PFO Global, POG Labs, REM Eyewear, RX Optical, Reptile Sun, Ron’s Optical, Signet Armorlite, Slack Incorporated, SynergEyes, Tech Group, Tura, Vision Ease, Vision One Credit Union, Vmax Vision, Wave Contact Lens System, Westgroupe, Zeiss (USA & Canada) and Zyloware, all of whom are participating in the Challenge in some way.

In addition to these companies, mobile vision clinics, local vision screening and testing, fundraising at individual practices and a range of imaginative donation drives and donation-matching commitments will take place to support the cause.

“It’s fantastic to see the support and commitment of so many optical companies, networks and practices as we seek to raise funds and awareness in support of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired," said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “We wish everyone well in their activities on World Sight Day and in support of the World Sight Day Challenge and encourage anyone who has yet to make a donation to visit givingsight.org.”

This year, the call to action for World Sight Day is: Eye Care for All. For a preview of what’s in store for Oct. 8, go to VisionMonday.com and read how the optical industry will meet the World Sight Day Challenge.

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) as part of the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. It is supported by eye health organizations around the world—including Optometry Giving Sight—and is included on the official World Health Organization (WHO) calendar.

For more information about the World Sight Day Challenge, call +1 888 OGS GIVE (USA); +1 (403) 670-2619 (Canada) or visit www.givingsight.org.