Cincinnati, Ohio—To celebrate World Sight Day on October 14, a group of leading global vision organizations have launched the #LoveYourEyes campaign, encouraging one million people around the world to get their eyes checked by October 14. OneSight is partnering with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and other vision care supporters who are committed to bringing vision care access to the 1.1 billion people worldwide who need it. Globally, OneSight has committed to executing 25,000 eye exams and vision screenings through vision clinics, sustainable vision centers and activities that will connect tens of thousands of people around the world to vision access and education during the next month leading up to October 14, World Sight Day.
"Over 1 billion people around the world lack access to vision care. This outage can hold individuals back from education, employment, and the ability to achieve their full potential,” said K-T Overbey, president and executive director, OneSight. “But, eye exams and glasses act as powerful tools that can play a significant role in helping lift people out of poverty."
“To support the #LoveYourEyes campaign, OneSight is launching an integrated global initiative that will bring vision care to people all around the world.” Everyone can help support this mission for both short-and long-term impact by donating time, skills or even just making a financial contribution,” Overbey said.
OneSight’s World Sight Day Activities
(Sept. 14 to Oct. 14)
- Global Vision Activities—Throughout the world, OneSight will host a variety of vision programs to educate local communities on the importance of eye health and vision care. A listing of activities can be found at www.OneSight.org/love.
- U.S. Vision Clinics—OneSight will host four vision clinics to provide eye exams and glasses to thousands of kids and adults across the U.S.:
Sept. 14-16: Pittsburgh, Pa.—Clinic sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Des Moines, Iowa—Clinic sponsored by Delta Dental of Iowa
Oct. 11-15: Kansas City, Mo.—Clinic sponsored by Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company
Oct. 13-17: Brooklyn, N.Y.—Clinic sponsored by Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company, EyeMed Vision Care, Asurion, ABCO Safety
To learn more about World Sight Day activities, vision care and how you can get involved, visit www.OneSight.org/love.
- United Nations Vision Event—On World Sight Day, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, with the help of OneSight, will host a vision screening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to provide eye screenings and eye exams to members of the U.N.
- Framing the Future Children’s Campaign—Through a global partnership with Nickelodeon, OneSight and Nickelodeon recently launched Framing the Future, a campaign to educate and engage kids and their families on the importance of eye health, clear vision and access to vision care on a global scale. The campaign is supported by a digital educational hub full of fun learning activities where kids can pledge to protect their eyes and become Junior Glasses Champions. To participate, visit www.OneSight.org/kids.
- #ShareTheLove Social Campaign—OneSight has launched a social media campaign called #ShareTheLove where people around the world can participate by creating a heart with their fingers, holding it up to one of their eyes, and snapping a photo. For each picture that is shared with the hashtag #sharethelove on social media, Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company will help fund an eye exam for someone in need. To learn more, go to www.OneSight.org/love.
- New York City Brooklyn Bridge Park Event—On the eve of World Sight Day, OneSight will be popping up an experiential event at New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park to check kids’ vision and educate them on the importance of eye health and clear sight. This is part of the IAPB’s global World Sight Day campaign that will feature eye checks at some of the most recognizable landmarks around the world.