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Alex Gage gives gift of vision to people in need

Alex Gage Family Optometrist is joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries.

To celebrate World Sight Day on 13th October, Alex Gage in Woodseats and Crosspool will decorate the practices and make a donation that will help provide eye exams and glasses to children in developing countries who can’t see well enough to learn at school, as well as adults who don’t see well enough to provide for their families.

Optometry Giving Sight and Vision Aid Overseas, joint organisers of the World Sight Day Challenge in the UK, fund programmes that provide eye exams and glasses, train local eye care professionals, and develop vision centres that deliver long-term vision care to people in desperate need.  There are 670 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and glasses.

“We have supported Optometry Giving Sight for many years and we are proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause,” said Alex Gage.  It’s easy for us to take good vision for granted, so taking the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to raise funds to help people who don’t have access to even basic vision care.”

Alex and his wife Sarah, also an optometrist, were inspired by stories like that of 18 year old Donglian Lei from a rural province of China – although her blurred vision stopped her from seeing the blackboard, she hadn’t told her teacher as she didn’t want to make a fuss. Caring for her mentally ill father and working the family’s farmland for four hours each day before school, Donglian couldn’t afford an eye exam.

Thanks to a visit from a team of newly trained local eye care professionals and a pair of glasses, Donglian now has the opportunity to fulfill the potential she has already shown in her young life.

Donations will enable Optometry Giving Sight and Vision Aid Overseas to fund more sustainable programs that provide eye exams and glasses to millions of people in need.  Funds raised will be directed to projects in over 16 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Just £2.50 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. The team at Alex Gage in Chesterfield Road, Woodseats and Sandygate Lane, Crosspool are also inviting their patients to make a donation at the practice throughout October.   For more information about either practice, please visit www.alexgagevision.co.uk or call Woodseats practice on 0114 274 8582 or Crosspool on 0114 266 7066.

For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, visit www.givingsight.org or call 020 7202 8168.