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									FACT SHEET
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Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the World Optometry Foundation and the International Centre for Eyecare Education. It raises funds for: o Programs that offer eye exams and glasses in countries with little or no access to them. o Establishing the infrastructure and train the local human resources required for sustainable, quality vision care. Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error. Thanks to the support of industry sponsors, Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85% of all donations from optometrists, staff and patients are directed to sustainable vision care services that give sight – and hope – to millions in need. Funds are being directed to programs in indigenous Australia, Sri Lanka, East Timor, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, India, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

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What is Optometry Giving Sight?

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World Sight Day is a day of international awareness about blindness and vision loss. World Sight Day is on Thursday October 8 2009. It is coordinated by VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

What is World Sight Day?

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World Sight Day Challenge (WSDC) is an annual fundraising campaign that invites the optical profession to raise funds for people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot access an eye exam and glasses. This major fundraising campaign is coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight and is on World Sight Day (Thursday October 8 2009). It is designed to raise funds for: o Projects that provide vision care o Local training o Local infrastructure
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What is the World Sight Day Challenge?

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FOR: People who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – the need for an eye exam and a glasses. Participating optometric practices choose to donate their eye exam fees on World Sight Day (or any other day in October); and/or become regular donors on or before October 8th; and then plan a practice celebration during October to involve patients and staff.

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It is estimated that there are more than 670 million people in the world are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot access an eye exam and glasses. More than 90%of these people are living in developing countries.
Supporting the World Sight Day Challenge highlights the needs of these people and raises funds for them.

Why should you get involved?

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According to VISION 2020 two-thirds of all blind people are women and girls. In many countries this is due to traditional social, economic and political structures and customs that favour men over women.

2009 Focus - Women
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Visit www.givingsight.org to find out more about the World Sight Day Challenge.

Uncorrected refractive errors can hamper performance at school, reduce employability and productivity, and generally impair quality of life. Yet the correction of refractive errors with appropriate spectacles is among the most cost-effective interventions in eye health care

Fast facts

In Australia Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics - National Health Survey 2004–05  According to the survey 52% of the Australian population report eyesight problems - the most commonly reported problems were refractive error, such as long-sightedness and short sightedness.
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Approximately 5.3 million people reported being long-sighted, while about 4.3 million reported being short-sighted. Approximately 9.4 million people wear glasses or contact lenses in order to correct sight. Other commonly reported conditions include presbyopia and
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astigmatism - both 850,000 persons.
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Eye problems are more common in females (55%) than males (47%), see for more information. Approximately 9.4 million people wear glasses or contact lenses in order to correct sight.

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Globally  According to the World Health Organisation, 153 million people suffer from visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Virtually all these people could restore normal vision with eyeglasses or contact lenses.  An additional 517 million people suffer from presbyopia (Global Vision Impairment due to Uncorrected Presbyopia published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, December 2008. Holden BA PhD DSc OAM, Fricke TR MScOptom, Ho SM PhD, Wong R MBA, Schlenther G MPH, Cronjé S, Phil(Optom), Burnett A BSc(Hons), Papas E PhD, Naidoo KS OD MPH, Frick KD PhD) Resulting in a total of 670 million people round the world are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error in total Up to 75% of all blindness in adults is avoidable through prevention or treatment.

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