Optometry Giving Sight, the only global charity that specifically raises funds for projects that target refractive error blindness and low vision, is planning to establish a campaign in Southeast Asia next month.
The organisation will initially be based in Singapore, with optometrists from Malaysia and Hong Kong invited to participate. It will be co-ordinated by high profile Singaporean optometrist Stan Isaacs, with support from both the optical profession and industry.
“The establishment of Optometry Giving Sight in our region will give Asian Optometry the chance to play a key role in the elimination of refractive error blindness by the year 2020,” said Mr. Isaacs, whose practice is based at Camden Medical Centre.
“I have been delighted by the initial response to the suggestion that we establish the campaign in Southeast Asia and I believe that the profession will embrace Optometry Giving Sight as its optical charity of choice.”
Mr. Isaacs said that he had received strong support from the optical industry and that the launch of Optometry Giving Sight would be supported by Ciba Vision, AMO and Coopervision.
Funds raised by Optometry Giving Sight are used to fund projects that provide sustainable vision care services for people in need. The emphasis is on training local people to become Optometrists and Optometric technicians, and the creation of vision centres and optical workshops.
So far more than USD$2million has been allocated or disbursed to projects in Sri Lanka, East Timor, Vietnam, India, PNG, Africa, Indigenous Australia and Latin America.