We’re Celebrating Reading Glasses Day on June 7!
Launched for the first time this year by RestoringVision and FGX International, Reading Glasses Day (RGD) is a commemorative date dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of access to reading glasses in developing countries, and the impact that glasses have on people’s lives.
One-third of the global population, 2.5 billion people, live with uncorrected vision impairment. One billion people need near vision correction, and reading glasses can be a simple solution for many of these people. Also, of the one billion, over 500 million live in impoverished communities with no access to reading glasses. This is one of the biggest global health problems, yet it is not well-known.
Reading Glasses Day is an opportunity to focus attention on this problem and bring individuals, organizations, and communities together to make a difference. From failed markets where philanthropic efforts make an impact to emerging markets that provide access to glasses through sustainable consumer-driven solutions, our goal is to inspire action and create momentum for funding and solutions.
As part of Reading Glasses Day, RestoringVision is launching a fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to create access to glasses for 25,000 people living in impoverished communities in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania. Thanks to the generosity of the RestoringVision Board of Directors, all donations up to $10,000 will be matched!
#SeeTheOpportunity and Get Involved
As mentioned above, Reading Glasses Day’s primary goal is to raise awareness about the need for reading glasses around the world and the impact that glasses have on people’s lives. It is also a great opportunity to promote the use of readers among those who need them – which is almost everyone over the age of 40 (or over the age of 30 in developing countries). Here are the different ways YOU, as an individual or an organization, can get involved:
Optical Organizations and Companies:
Start spreading the word and promoting the importance of readers and its use among the public. Click here to download our communications toolkit for organizations.
Share the reasons you support RestoringVision across social media. Be sure to use the hashtags #ReadingGlassesDay, #RestoringVision, and #SeeTheOpportunty so that we can find your posts and share them on our social platforms. Don’t forget to include a link to our donation page: www.restoringvision.org/donate.