It’s that time of year when people talk about what they are thankful for and think of ways to give back to others who are in need. At Summit Eye Care we are thankful for you and want to share some creative ways we can give back, as well as some ways you can, too – and ways you already are.
Summit Eye Care’s mission is to help people preserve vision so they can continue to live a productive and sight filled life. We are thankful for our patients and our referral sources that make this possible. We are also very thankful for the large network of eye care practices all over the world that provide affordable and accessible eye care.
Our local population is very blessed to have the most advanced technology to help diagnose and treat vision issues within a few miles. More than one billion people globally are not so fortunate. They cannot afford or do not have access to eye care or eyewear. An estimated 285 million are estimated to be visually impaired, which means 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. An estimated 82% are age 50 and above. Of all visual impairment, 80% can be prevented or cured. There are many world organizations striving to improve eyesight throughout the world. Contributions can be made to further their endeavors.
Locally there are organizations such as the Lion’s Club. They collect and distribute frames and lenses to those who cannot afford eyewear. We have a pick-up box in our office, as do other offices as well. Services for the Blind is a state funded organization which pays for eye care due to low income, unemployment, lack of insurance, etc., if qualifications are met. Our local hospital has a program to assist indigent people with needed medical care.
Just as important as the large organizations, individuals can provide services one on one. Each of us knows someone who is visually challenged or suffering from other medical issues. A kind word, an opened door, assistance in a grocery store, transportation to a store, or even an arm to lean on for support can go far to bring a smile to his or her face or improve an individual’s life.
During the Thanksgiving season and throughout the year, offer a gift of thankfulness to someone in need, whether it be a donation or simply a “helping hand.” This is a sign of our thankfulness for our blessings – sight being one of the most precious.