Give the Gift of Sight this February

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Donate unwanted glasses between 16-22 February and help those in need.

Poor vision impedes a child's ability to learn in school and robs an adult of independence, mobility and quality of life. Many of the everyday activities that we take for granted, such as reading a book, watching TV or going to school or work are just not possible for people who have exceptionally poor eyesight and who lack the means or opportunity to seek professional help

Australians are being called upon to give the gift of sight in February and help those in need who do not have access to eye care.

OneSight Foundation has been supporting free eye care internationally for the last 20 years with over six million people globally benefiting from the program. The Foundation provides access to free eye care through scheduled clinics and eye screening at schools, special festivals, sporting events and indigenous health centres and over the last six year has assisted more than 155,000 Australians.

During OneSight Week (16 - 22 February) Luxottica retail brands OPSM, Laubman & Pank, Budget Eyewear, Bright Eyes Sunglasses and Sunglass Hut stores will be collecting unwanted prescription glasses and cash donations to help people around the world in need of optical assistance. In February, the Foundation aims to collect 100,000 pairs of glasses to be used on international missions.

Chris Beer, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Australasia, SE Asia, and South Africa says "Clear vision is a basic right - not a luxury - and Luxottica is proud to provide the gift of sight to those who would otherwise not have access to eye care."

Andrew McKinnon, CEO of Optometrists Association Australia (NSW/ACT) believes that considering the significant impact vision problems can have on a person's life, OneSight Week deserves the support of all Australians.

"Poor vision impedes a child's ability to learn in school and robs an adult of independence, mobility and quality of life. Many of the everyday activities that we take for granted, such as reading a book, watching TV or going to school or work are just not possible for people who have exceptionally poor eyesight and who lack the means or opportunity to seek professional help," said Mr McKinnon.

Around the world, more than 250 million adults and children suffer from poor vision because they don't have access to eye exams and glasses. The most common cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error (short-sightedness, long-sightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism), which can be fixed simply by providing eye testing and prescription glasses.

In addition to unwanted glasses, cash donations are also being accepted, which will be used to provide free eye care and eye wear to Australians in need.

In Australia, OneSight partners with The Salvation Army, Mission Australia, The KIDS Foundation and The Benevolent Society and as part of the program, Australian optometrists donate their time and expertise to visit rural and remote areas that have limited access to health resources.

With glasses increasingly seen as a fashion accessory, people are updating their frames on a regular basis. As such, it's likely many Australians will have a couple of pairs of unwanted frames somewhere in the house. Rather than throw these out or leave them to gather dust, donate them to OneSight Foundation and help someone else see the world clearly.

To donate unwanted prescription glasses or cash and help OneSight Foundation provide a brighter future, visit your local OPSM, Laubman & Pank, Budget Eyewear, Bright Eyes Sunglasses or Sunglass Hut store.

About OneSight
OneSight is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide through outreach, research and education. Since 1988, OneSight outreach efforts have helped more than six million people around the world see more clearly through two former programs, Give the Gift of Sight and Community I-Care. Luxottica Group, a global leader in eyewear, is the main sponsor of the OneSight Foundation. For more information, http://www.onesight.org.au

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