The second year optometry students from the University of New South Wales have been participating in the World Sight Day challenge, competing with other optometry schools to raise funds in the fight to eradicate avoidable blindness.
Over recent weeks, the students have successfully organized bake sales, BBQs and have sold countless chocolates for the cause. Despite possibly raising enough to win the competition, this is not enough for the students who aim to do as much as they can.
After completing a research assignment last semester on refractive error, the students gained a new insight and understanding of the significant impacts refractive error can have on ones quality of life, their family, community and the world!
It is often hard for people who have good vision to understand the significant impacts refractive error has. Having said so, 3 students from the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science, have decided to put themselves in the shoes of the 670 million people in the world who are legally blind, simply because they are unable to afford spectacle correction.
On October 12th these students will spend a day classed as legally blind, by either not wearing their habitual correction or wear contact lenses to induce refractive error. The students will have to navigate themselves and participate in their regular activities including classes. Not only will it provide them with an understanding of the hardships faced by those suffering from avoidable blindness but it also gives other s a chance to support the cause by sponsoring them. So far this has proven to be a great idea with students from other optometry schools also adopting the idea.
The students also aim to organize an event towards the end of the year to not only raise funds but raise awareness and educate the general public about this organization.
On October 12th these students will spend a day classed as legally blind, by either not wearing their habitual correction or wear contact lenses to induce refractive error.
Students are currently seeking sponsorship to go blind or any donations to help them organize such an event.
Donations can be made directly through the optometry giving sight website by going to https://givingsight.myetap.org/fundraiser/wsdstudentchallenge2011_australia/ clicking on the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science’s fund-raising page, or by contacting Merrilyn Lee at email@example.com for more information on how to help out.
You too can help them provide the simplest gift: The Right to Sight.