Vision Charities to Help You Give Back This Holiday Season /Date05 Mar 2018/Posted Bytheeyeinstitute/Comment0/CategoriesBlog, Newsletter Imagine trying to succeed at work at school if you could not see clearly. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for far too many people in the world. Whether they cannot afford eye care, are blind or have a vision disability, poor eyesight makes life much more difficult. You can make a difference this holiday season by supporting one of the following vision care charities. American Foundation for the Blind The AFB helps blind and visually impaired people enjoy full lives. The national non-profit organization is committed to improving access to technology and helps people find the services and products they need. Blinded Veterans Association The Blinded Veterans Association, formed by blind World War II veterans, advocates for and assists blind veterans. The organization’s Field Service Program helps veterans navigate the Veteran’s Administration claims process while another program helps newly blind veterans adjust to life without sight. Choroideremia Research Foundation Choroideremia is an inherited disorder of the retina that causes gradual vision loss and, eventually, blindness. The Choroideremia Research Foundation raises money to support research that will hopefully lead to a treatment or cure. Council of Citizens With Low Vision International The Council of Citizens With Low Vision International is an advocacy organization that educates the public about the capabilities of the visually impaired and establishes outreach programs that ensure that everyone has access to services. Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments Early identification of visual problems is the key to helping children make the most of their usable vision. The Dental Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments offers low-vision evaluations, early intervention services, orientation and mobility training as well as occupational, physical and speech therapies. Foundation Fighting Blindness The Foundation Fighting Blindness raises money to support research that’s devoted to the study of retinitis pigmentosa and other related retinal diseases. They also provide support and information to people affected by these diseases. Glaucoma Research Foundation The Glaucoma Research Foundation funds research in support of better treatments for glaucoma and provides education and support. Leader Dogs for the Blind Established in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has a long history of helping visually impaired people become self-sufficient. Clients are matched with guide dogs that help them live more independent lives. Macular Degeneration Association Macular degeneration, the loss of central vision, predominantly affects senior citizens; although people of all ages can be affected. The Macular Degeneration Association supports research and offers information to people affected by the disease. Optometry Cares – The American Optometric Association Foundation Optometry Cares was established to ensure that all Americans have access to vision care. The charity offers the infantSEE program, a free program that provides eye care to infants and provides free basic vision services to low-income, uninsured people through the VISION USA program. Restoring Vision This non-profit organization provides sunglasses and new reading glasses to underprivileged people in the U.S. and developing nations. In the last decade, Restoring Vision distributed 3,000,000 new pairs of glasses and sunglasses. Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/International supports eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educations in underserved areas throughout the world. More than 100,000 people yearly receive eyeglasses, treatment or vision surgery every year thanks to VOSH/International. 3 Reasons to Visit Your Optometrist by the End of the Year The end of the year is fast approaching, and there is no better time to visit your optometrist. Not convinced? These three reasons may change your mind. You Won’t Waste Your FSA Balance Don’t lose the money remaining in your flexible spending account (FSA). Use it for an eye exam or new pair of glasses or contacts. Although some employers extend the FSA deadline to March, others are firm about the December 31st deadline. If you don’t use your FSA funds by your employer’s due date, you will lose the remaining balance. Why not make an appointment now and avoid worries about missing the deadline, whenever it may be? You Just Might Find a Great Deal on Eyewear A new year means a new selection of frames, but it also often means there’s not enough room to display them in your optometrist’s office. Holiday shopping deals are not just limited to big-screen TVs; your optometrist may also offer deals you won’t want to pass up. You’ll Start the New Year off Right Cross off a few of your New Year’s resolutions a little early. Don’t put off making that visit to your optometrist a minute longer. Even slight changes in your prescription can affect your vision. After your visit, you will be able to face the New Year with crystal clear vision and a fashionable new pair of frames. Ready to make your eye care appointment? Contact our office today!