Local optometrist, Dr. Carla Eamon, and the staff members of Dr. Eamon’s clinic, have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Silver Award-level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2018 World Sight Day Challenge.
Dr. Eamon donated a day of eye exams to World Sight Day. This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind, or visually impaired, and in urgent need of eye care.
“We are delighted to have received the Silver Award,” said Dr. Eamon. “I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 12 years, and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause. The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted.”
Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs focusing on training local eye care professionals, so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community.
For example, Optometry Giving Sight helped to support the first locally-trained optometry graduates in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Up until now, there were only 10 optometrists in all of Uganda, all trained overseas, to look after 39.5 million people.
Together with supporters and the new graduates, optometry development is set to bring great changes in eye health in Uganda and other places in the world.
For more information about Optometry Giving Sight, visit www.givingsight.org.