RestoringVision Is Awarded $4 Million Grant to Restore Sight to 2.5 Million People With Presbyopia in India and Nigeria

By Staff
Friday, June 7, 2024 12:15 AM SAN FRANCISCO—RestoringVision, a global nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities, has been awarded a $4 million grant from Founders Pledge, a global nonprofit that empowers entrepreneurs to do the most good possible with their charitable giving, to address presbyopia at scale in India and Nigeria.

Lighthouse Guild Receives Grant to Increase Its Assistive Technology Training

By Staff
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild, a nonprofit organization that provides services to those who are visually impaired, has announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the CTA Foundation to expand its assistive technology training.

Lighthouse Guild to Host National Eyewear Day 'EyeCare EyeWear' Preview Event

By Staff
Monday, June 3, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—In recognition of National Eyewear Day, Lighthouse Guild’s "EyeCare EyeWear" optical boutique is hosting Where Art Intersects Vision, an exclusive fashion-forward eyewear preview show and reception on Thursday, June 6, National Eyewear Day.

Proposed Bipartisan Legislation Would Create First Federally Funded Program to Address Children’s Vision and Eye Health

By Staff
Friday, May 17, 2024 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety organization, said it is strongly urging the House and Senate to quickly pass the Early Detection of Vision Impairments for Children (EDVI) Act to improve eyecare access, eye disease diagnosis and treatment for children aged 2-17 years.

20/20 Onsite Launches ‘Vision for Southbridge’ Program to Provide Free Eyecare to Students

By Staff
Friday, May 3, 2024 12:15 AM BOSTON—20/20 Onsite, a mobile eyecare company, is partnering with Southbridge Public Schools (SPS) and the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to provide comprehensive eye exams and glasses to SPS students at no cost to their families through the “Vision for Southbridge” program.

OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation Expands Vision Care Access to Women Globally

By Staff
Monday, April 29, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This April, in honor of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation is highlighting innovative programs that are globally expanding vision care access to women and empowering them to provide care in their communities.

Prevent Blindness, Vision Ireland and the TAD Foundation to Host 2nd Annual New York Golf Classic on May 20

By Staff
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety organization, Vision Ireland, a nonprofit national sight loss agency, and the TAD Foundation, dedicated to increasing employment for the blind and low vision community, have announced that the 2nd Annual New York Golf Classic will be held at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Monday, May 20, 2024. Wykagyl is challenging for the expert golfer yet playable and enjoyable for the novice, and it is ranked one of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S., according to the announcement.

The Power of Reading Glasses

By Mary Kane
Friday, April 19, 2024 8:30 AM Just how valuable are a pair of reading glasses? According to a recent study, having access to a pair of readers can make all the difference, especially if you are presbyopic and live in a part of the world with limited access to eyecare and eyewear products. This past week, VisionSpring, a nonprofit provider of affordable eyeglasses to people in need, BRAC, an international development organization that works with marginalized communities, and Queen’s University Belfast released the findings of their collaborative THRIVE study, which found that a pair of reading glasses increases the earnings of people in low-income communities by 33 percent.  Ella Gudwin, CEO of VisionSpring, summed it up best when she said, “THRIVE strengthens the case that it’s not about the eyeglasses—it’s about everything that comes after.”

CFDA Eyewear Designers Launch 2024 Pride Collection at The Loft, Proceeds to Benefit Bring Change to Mind

By Staff
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Ahead of Pride Month in June, seven CFDA eyewear designers are uniting to launch the third annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative. The designers will each offer a limited edition sunglass design, with a portion of the proceeds collectively benefiting Bring Change to Mind.

Prevent Blindness to Honor Ed Buffington of GPN Technologies, and 20/20 Magazine, at 2024 Person of Vision Gala at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Friday, March 8, 2024 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award gala, to be held on March 14, 2024, will honor a variety of leading professionals in the optical industry. The event will once again be held at 583 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Rock4Sight Fundraiser to Showcase Fresh Talent

By Staff
Thursday, March 7, 2024 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of next Friday’s Rock4Sight fundraiser are making final preparations for their last show in New York, which they said is shaping up to be the best in their long-running series of annual fundraisers at the Hard Rock Café. The event will relocate to Orlando, Fla., in 2025, along with Vision Expo East. As with previous Rock4Sight shows, this one will benefit ECN Purpose, a 501c3 charity dedicated to providing eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. Proceeds from the prior shows have been used to finance a mobile eye health program and vision van that serves schools in Orange County, Calif.

ClearVision and OWA Announce ClearVision-Adira Grants Program

By Staff
Friday, March 1, 2024 12:18 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—ClearVision Optical, in collaboration with the Optical Women’s Association (OWA), is announcing the launch of the ClearVision-Adira Grants program to facilitate personal and professional development for women in the optical industry.

IAPB Is Still Accepting Nominations for 'Young Systems Leader Awards' to Empower Next Generation of Eye Health Changemakers

By Staff
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:21 AM LONDON—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is still accepting nominations for the IAPB Young Systems Leader Awards, a new initiative designed to empower and amplify the voices of early-career professionals driving transformative change in eye health.

Prevent Blindness Encourages Eye Safety for Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse in April

By Staff
Friday, February 9, 2024 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health and safety organization, is preparing the public to safely experience the total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8, 2024 with the Prevent Blindness Eclipse + Your Eyes program.

February Declared as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness

By Staff
Monday, January 29, 2024 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month. The group is offering a variety of free educational resources to the public and professionals, including fact sheets and social media graphics in English and Spanish, dedicated online resources and informative videos. AMD is a retinal disease that affects part of the back of the eye called the macula.