18. June 2012 07:30
CooperVision, one of the largest contact lens manufacturers in the world, has given its customers an opportunity to help people in developing countries protect their vision.
Until 1st January 2013, every patient using contact lenses produced by CooperVision will be able to donate their rebates to Optometry Giving Sight, a global eye charity sponsoring various programmes allowing individuals to undergo eye exams and obtain treatment as well as the necessary eyewear. This often changes a person’s life, as clear vision may enable them to start or continue their education and work to provide for their families.
Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 by the World Council of Optometry, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. The general aim of the organisation is to eliminate blindness and low vision related to refractive errors.
The charity first started to operate in the UK in 2003, and, in the following years, it opened its branches in Australia, the Netherlands, Canada and several other western countries.