Make Vision Count: World Sight Day 2017

World sight Day
Do you remember as a child having big aspirations for the future? No matter what the goal was or is, there is always one common factor for success and that’s vision. Research has shown that 80 percent of what a child learns is processed through the visual system - a large part of a child’s ability to learn depends on their ability to see clearly. And, the lack of access to proper eye care can make all the difference in a child accomplishing his or her dreams.
Access to comprehensive eye care for children and adults is not readily available in a large part of the world. As a result, on the second Thursday of October the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness hosts “World Sight Day” to bring global attention to blindness and vision impairments. Under the VISION 2020 global initiative, “World Sight Day”  is supported by eye health organizations around the world. At The Eye Institute (TEI), residents, faculty and staff wore special T-shirts and posed for a group photo to commemorate the day and help spread awareness locally.
TEI Celebrates World Sight DayAs a multidisciplinary vision care facility, TEI ’s doctors, optometric interns and staff recognize the importance of quality and comprehensive vision and eye care, and are committed daily to improving the lives of all patients who walk in the door. In fact, for many years, through TEI’s School Vision Programs, a team of doctors and students regularly provide vision care screenings, comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged children in the Philadelphia area. During the 2016-2017 school year alone, more than 2,700 children received vision screenings and more than 600 pairs of eyeglasses were dispensed to children in need.
On Nov. 11, Salus University and TEI will host the 11th annual “Looking Out for Kids” charity fundraiser to continue to provide quality eye care services to those who need it most.

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