World Sight Day Challenge

A board-certified ophthalmologist with more than 25 years’ experience, Dr. William G. Martin serves the people of the Greater Toledo area as the medical director and chief surgeon of OptiVue, one of northwest Ohio’s premier providers of ophthalmic services. In addition, Dr. William Martin is concerned about the 600 million or so blind or vision-impaired people worldwide who do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. He participated in the 2013 World Sight Day Challenge by hosting a car wash fundraiser at OptiVue’s Navarre Avenue location in Toledo.

Designed to raise funds to pay for those exams and corrective lenses, the World Sight Day Challenge is sponsored worldwide by Optometry Giving Sight, a philanthropic organization established in 2003 by the global eye care industry to address the problems of preventable blindness and low vision. In 2013, the challenge took place from September 1 until World Sight Day, which was October 10 in 2013.

The issue of preventable blindness (that is, loss of sight due to an uncorrected refractive error) is particularly frustrating because, in most cases, prevention is so inexpensive. For example, $5.00 U.S. dollars is generally sufficient to cover the cost of an eye exam as well as a pair of eyeglasses.