Local optometrists Dr. Mark and Dr. Brandee Marciano of Marciano Family Optometric are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge in order to help the estimated 600 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.
The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error. It is supported by eye care professionals around the world. The campaign is run by the global charity Optometry Giving Sight.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Marcianos will donate all professional eye exam fees and hold a celebration day to raise awareness of the importance of everyone being able to get their eyes tested and have access to quality eye and vision care.
“We have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight for four years,” Dr. Brandee Marciano said. “The World Sight Day Challenge is a very positive campaign because preventable blindness is a solvable problem.”
The World Sight Day Challenge will also feature new “people power” wristbands to encourage everyone who visits Marciano Family Optometric to make a donation and publicly show their support for Optometry Giving Sight.
“Most people are surprised to learn that just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Everyone can make a difference,” Dr. Brandee Marciano said.
Thanks to past donations, Optometry Giving Sight has been able to fund 67 projects in 38 countries.
Anyone who appreciates the importance of good vision can make a monthly or annual donation to Optometry Giving Sight between now and Nov. 19 at www.givingsight.org, or by visiting the Marciano Family Optometric office at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 9, in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 242-1200.
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