Today is World Sight Day! A cause very close to our heart here at Retrospecced.
World Sight Day (“WSD”) is an international day of awareness to focus attention on the global issue of eye health. Uncorrected poor vision is the world’s most common disability, with over 1.3 billion people affected worldwide. The majority of these cases could be corrected by a simple eye examination and a pair of glasses.
80% of all blindness and moderate or severe distance vision impairment is considered avoidable
55% of moderate or severely vision impaired people are women
89% of vision impaired people live in low- or middle- income countries
200 billion dollars’ worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see properly to do their job.
53,592 eye tests have been carried out through VAO’s activities in the last 12 months
31,781 pairs of glasses have been prescribed through VAO’s activities in the last 12 months
We donate 20% of what we sell each frame for directly to them on your behalf, to help support their amazing work. Just £5 can provide an eyetest and a pair of glasses – so each frame we sell equates to at least this! We’re really proud of our relationship with VAO.
To celebrate World Sight Day we want to do a bit more though, so for every frame sold over the next 7 days we will double our donation to Vision Aid Overseas! By buying your upcycled frames from us, you’ll also be supporting their amazing work providing vision care across Africa.