Inspired to increase awareness for improved eye health to avoid visual impairment, grant-making non-profit, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation together with its grantee, VisionSpring and Catholic Opticals is screening and providing over 3,500 reading glasses to residents of Eredo community in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
This eye screening exercise aimed at raising awareness for proper eye health as well blindness prevention was officially marked on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in commemoration of the World Sight Day.
The 2017 World Sight Day with the theme make vision count galvanizes people all over the world to pay keen attention to eye care in order to avoid visual impairment.
Leaning on one of its focus areas, health, ACT Foundation in partnership with one of its 2017 grantee, optical focused non-profit, VisionSpring with the support of Catholic Opticals conducted free eye screening exercises in Lagos and Ogun States, thus providing 7,500 prescription glasses for visually impaired people.
The eye sensitization which begun on September 6, 2017 kicked off at Eredo community in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State and has attracted thousands of women and children in order to achieve Vision 2020 through eliminating avoidable blindness.
Speaking about this initiative, CEO, ACT Foundation, Osayi Alile noted that this initiative will improve the quality of life of the residents of these communities.
She said “About 89% of blindness occurs amongst people living in low and middle income countries and so we deemed it important to partner with these organisations in order to bridge the gap in eye health and vision care in Nigeria”.
Also speaking at the event, Country Representative, VisionSpring, Atinuke Adeyinka explained her organisation’s goal of improving quality of life through improved vision. Adeyinka said “Visually impaired individuals have the tendency to do better when they can see better, however various socio-economic factors negate them from accessing quality eye care. We are certain that through this eye health exercise we will be able to bring quality eye care to thousands of visually impaired people in Nigeria”.
Applauding the initiative, Iyabo Oloyede, a farmer in Epe expressed her joy on being a recipient of this effective campaign. Mrs Oloyede said: As a 59 year old woman my eye sight has deteriorated. My eyes are always giving me issues and this is affecting my farm work. I need to be able to see the weeds growing around my crops in order to remove it and with this glasses now, I will see well and have more crops to harvest. I will also be able to read well and walk around even when night comes. Thank you so much ACT Foundation, VisionSpring and Catholic Opticals for giving me the opportunity to improve my eyes”.
Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation is a grant making non-profit established to support local, national and regional non-profits working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities in the African continent.