Optometry Giving Sight has launched its organisation in Mexico where it will concentrate on developing more, and improved, schools of optometry as well as developing infrastructure to ensure Mexico has the human resources necessary to tackle the country’s growing problem of refractive error blindness and impaired vision.
“Refractive error blindness and impaired vision is one of the greatest public health problems in the world and Mexico is no exception – with 44 per cent of the population of 110 million lacking access to eye health services,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, Global Chair of Optometry Giving Sight.
Lic. Patrick Devlyn, General Director of Devlyn USC, which is supporting OGS, said there is a large unmet need for more qualified optometrists to support the needs of the Mexican population and that he recognised and supported all efforts geared towards improving this circumstance.
“The world is changing; so is Mexico as a country,” he said. “In the Devlyn Group, we are committed to meet the changing needs of our customers to provide access to high quality eye care and in ensuring that our staff is able to provide the care required. Our strategic alliance with Optometry Giving Sight is an important strategy for us to lead and contribute to the mobilisation of resources in Mexico to support this. I personally urge all players in the industry to join this new and exciting initiative and show their affection for the Mexican population’s well-being.”
Other global and local companies supporting the initiative include CooperVision, Alcon, Johnson & Johnson, Essilor, Safilo, Valeant, Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss, Marchon, Lucy’s Optical, Grupo Europeo, Grupo Viva, Polimeros Opticos and Opticas America.