Perfect sight is a world away
WORLD Sight Day found a shining light in Envision Optical Burleigh Waters.
Owner Andrew Bowden said his stores across the southern Gold Coast and Tweed raised almost $1000 during six days, thanks to his patients' support.
"I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for six years and I am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause," Mr Bowden said.
He donated his eye exam fees during the fundraising effort, which will enable about 175 impoverished East Timorese to work and provide for their families.
Mr Bowden said $5 could provide an eye examination and pair of glasses for someone in a developing country and $100 could screen an entire school.
"This could make all the difference between a life of poverty and one of opportunity for hundreds in need.
"Optometry Giving Sight, the organiser of the World Sight Day Challenge, funds programs improving the quality of life of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to basic eye care.
"The programs provide exams and spectacles, train local optometrists in remote areas, and establish vision centres and clinics to ensure that people in developing countries can obtain the eye care they need.
"There are 670 million people around the world who are blind or vision-impaired simply because they don't have access to an eye examination and glasses.
"It's easy for us to take good vision for granted, so taking the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to educate our community."
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