Many people equate “success” with money, titles and prestige. Interestingly, many people who have acquired society’s view of success have stated that they get more joy and purpose from giving back – reaching a point in life where they can give back (time and resources) to their family, people they care about, community, and even people they are unlikely to ever meet.
Optometry has a rich tradition of “giving back”. Below are some of the charitable organizations supported by optometry. Dr. Lisbeth Faulstich, PR Director for VOSH/International said it best, “I really love how all of us in our profession work together to help others”. Well said.
Optometry Giving Sight
How donations can help:
- $50 can help provide a study kit to an optometry student
- $100 can help provide 20 people with access to an eye exam and glasses
- $300 can help to provide a child size trial frame for a community based vision centre
- $1200 could pay a month’s salary for an optometrist to see up to 40 patients a day
For more info, visit givingsight.org or call 1888 OGS GIVE.
Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation:
As optometry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is committed to its mission – expanding eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. With strategic ties with the AOA, strong volunteer leadership and generous donors, Optometry Cares is able to manage two community health programs, VISION USA and InfantSEE, as well as the public-private initiative Healthy Eyes Healthy People®; administer Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief; provide scholarship grants for educational assistance; and maintain the Archives and Museum for the optometric profession. To make a tax-deductible donation today, visit www.aoafoundation.org.
Unite For Sight
Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all. The programs are locally led and managed by ophthalmologists at Unite For Sight’s partner eye clinics. Unite For Sight’s international eye care services with partner local eye clinics are provided year-round and are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for treatable conditions, education, and preventative care. Outreach services are brought to the people in their villages, in some cases including villages seven or more hours from the clinics. These patients are provided with regular follow-up care by our outreach teams throughout the year. To date, we have provided eye care services to more than 1.8 million people worldwide, including more than 80,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Unite For Sight welcomes optometrists, as well as others from various backgrounds and interests, to travel abroad to support and assist the local eye clinic partners.
Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:
- is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students to engage in a hands-on, quality, and ethical global health experience;
- uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
- directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
- offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
- develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.
Team Kermit is not an eye-related charity, per se, but we’re including it because one of our OD Success contributors is actively involved with this mission to fight cancer. Below is a statement from Jay Binkowitz…
It is with a great sense of pride that I am able to share with you the accomplishments my wife and I achieved last year. Joining over 5,000 riders and 3,000 volunteers we committed our time and raised over $39 million in the fight against cancer. We joined a team of 50 riders called Team Kermit and raised over $370k ourselves. My wife and I raised over $19k together because of YOU!
It is a truly amazing experience and each year we dedicate ourselves to this miraculous event of spirited folks from all over the country as we band together for a common cause. Unfortunately, cancer is more common than any of us would like it to be. The good news is each year we save more lives and make a big difference in thousands of people’s lives everywhere.
Huntington, NY 11746
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Steve Vargo, OD, MBA is founder and CEO of OD Success magazine. He frequently writes and occasionally speaks and consults on business related topics. He is the owner of iMobile Communications, a company that works with small businesses to integrate mobile marketing strategies. He is also President of New Media OD, a media and education company that publishes this magazine. He is in private practice in the Chicago area, where he lives with his wife and 2 sons. Contact Steve at NewMediaOD@gmail.com