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To recognize World Sight Day, held annually on October 12, MacLeod Optical donated reading glasses, sunglasses, and fit-overs to Thirders in need. The staff also repaired or adjusted more than 70 pairs of glasses for residents of the Northside Community Guest Home in North Sydney.

To do this work, MacLeod Optical partnered with the Onesight Foundation. The OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation is a registered charitable organization that has the goal to help eliminate uncorrected poor vision in a generation.

According to the foundation, uncorrected poor vision affects 2.7 billion people worldwide.

Onesight collaborates with governments, global and local NGOs and private sector partners who share goals to achieve greater engagement and share resources, such as MacLeod Optical. The foundation is committed to reaching the communities most in need to ensure everyone has a healthy future.

October is also World Blindness Awareness Month. The opticians at MacLeod’s want us to take some time to remember the importance of eye health. They told The Third that a shocking 80 percent of blindness is preventable.

According to the World Health Organization more than 314 million people worldwide have a severe visual impairment, including 37 million who are blind.

The month, with a highlight on World Sight Day, is an opportunity for professionals like those at MacLeod Optical to remind us about the importance of eye health and to raise awareness about the realities of visual impairment and blindness.

Stacey Schmidt, Essilor representative with Glenna Locke, General Manager MacLeod Optical (on right) at the Northside Community Guest Home on World Sight Day, Oct 12 assisting a resident select free sunglasses.

“World Sight Day is an annual awareness day to focus global attention on the need for accessible, available, and affordable eye care,” says Robert MacLeod, owner of MacLeod Optical. “As Opticians, we deliver vision care services to Canadians each day. Our goal is to continuously advocate until global access to vision care becomes a reality.”

Glenna Locke, General Manager of MacLeod Optical, told The Third that an estimated 8 million Canadians are living with an eye disease that puts them at risk of vision loss.

“That’s why we are encouraging everyone to reflect on the importance of this month and make eye health a priority by making sure you schedule an eye exam to check for any signs of eye health or vision changes,” says Locke.

She says that the month is also an opportunity to influence decision-makers to prioritize eye health initiatives and spark the demand for eye health services.

If you want to support your eyes, MacLeod Optical suggests using the hashtag #LoveYourEyes

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