Today October 11th, 2012 is World Sight Day, a day focused raising awareness about blindness in the world. Did you know that two hundred and eighty five million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness, and of that ninety percent of blind people live in low-income countries, of which two thirds are women? Of that two hundred million people nineteen million of them are children, and sixty five percent of all people who are visually impaired are over the age of fifty.
Eighty percent of vision impairments are avoidable if people had access to proper help. Blake Mycoskie the founder of TOMS saw this problem, and the fact that many sight issues could be resolved with a medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses, or a 15 minute cataract surgery. He decided to do something about it. That is why the One For One program was founded. One For One was created to help people who need assistance with vision problems. TOMS provides help in one of three ways every time someone buys glasses through them they:
Medical Treatment To Restore Sight
Provide medical treatment, a person is treated for a sight threatening condition such as injury, infection, or disease. By administering medication or removing foreign objects from the patient’s eye they prevent future sight loss.
Providing Prescription Eyeglasses
The second area of aid comes from distributing prescription glasses. The cool thing about this way that they help people is they do not just give out any old pair of used glasses. The patient actually gets to choose a pair of frames that they like. According to TOMS website the people like this so much even “little old ladies” from Guatemala get excited to try on different frames in front of a mirror to see which pair looks best on them. This not only helps them see, but brings a little joy and something pretty and useful into their lives for them to wear.
Eye Sight Saving Surgery
The third valuable way that TOMS delivers assistance is through surgery. TOMS provides sight saving cataract surgeries. Amazingly, cataract surgery is a rather simple 15 minute procedure, however if not fixed cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, which is sad since it is easily prevented.
TOMS focuses on 13 countries, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Tibet, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States. Working with their sight saving partners they organize screening right in the community to find out who needs help with their vision, and then they work hard to get them the vision help they need. They also partner with groups like Seva that has been implementing sustainable blindness prevention and sight restoration for over thirty years, and has helped over three million people, and other such organizations in order to help more people in need.
Want to get involved? You can get involved by buying a pair of TOMS, or by donating to a local glasses drive. Help by spreading information about blindness, and World Sight Day, so that others can be aware of this amazing cause. Remember knowledge is power, when used correctly it can save lives, and in this case sight.
World Sight Day 10/11/2012 a day to start ending world eye problems.
Imagine a world without sight? If you can’t imagine then do something to prevent sight problems resolve to spread the word and support companies like TOMS because they support others.