Optical Prism July/Aug Issue Vol. 32 No. 3 - Page 27

Eye-M-Growing Hoya Vision Care’s “Eye-MGrowing” program, Hoya gives children up to thirteen the opportunity to replace their lenses for free within fifteen months of their original order. This program ensures that children’s changing prescriptions, and likelihood to damage their glasses, do not cause an unnecessary financial burden for their families. Additionally, Hoya sponsors the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Program, which provides guide dogs at no cost to Canadians with disabilities. And in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Hoya participates in the World Sight Day Challenge fundraising campaign. In 2013, the money they raised through potlucks, book sales, and raffles earned them a bronze award. www.hoyavision.com Meeting The Challenge Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), the organization which runs the World Sight Day challenge has been helping people see better since 2005 In that time they have raised over two million dollars for charity in Canada alone. The money they raise goes toward projects all over the world — mostly Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In the past seven years, OGS has spent approximately $10 million on 72 projects in 38 different countries. The team at Cooper Vision put their resources together to donate $100,000 to OGS. Employees in over 30 locations worldwide participated in a global fundraising campaign and organized local activities to help raise funds for the 2013 World Sight Day Challenge. The Cooper Companies, the parent company of CooperVision, matched all employee donations. www.coopervision.com Industry Effort Plastic Plus Ltd. is another lens manufacturer that is deeply involved in philanthropic outreach such as working with Canadian Vision Care (CVC). Since 1981 CVC volunteers have provided primary eyecare (eye exams and glasses) and surgical care to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. CVC is proud to have created a structure where the 3 O’s (Optometry, Ophthalmology, and Opticians) work together to deliver integrated care in the developing world. Companies, students and practitioners regularly visit small towns around the world, where they provide refracting and fitting services to people who would otherwise have been unable to get the glasses they need. www.canadianvisioncare.com www.plasticplus.ca screening program. They have been involved in the program since 2006, which aims to identify children with vision disorders. Essilor supplies lenses free of charge if the families identified by the program cannot afford them. They are also involved in more than 200 Vision projects around the world including Essilor Vision Foundation which has screened more than 190,000 children since 2007. Their Mobile Refraction Vans have screened more than 400,000 people in 2,500 villages in India bringing sight to people who would otherwise have no access to medical care. www.essilor.com Sharing Sight Gaining Access To Care Modern Optical has always taken eyecare of thos