Buy Sight, Give Sight | Support for Visually Impaired Children
When our son, Jonas Paul, was born blind we felt a sense of helplessness. As parents, you want to be able to take away your child’s health challenges and suffering. If parent's do not have access or resources to provide the necessary care for their child, the sense of helplessness can become a lifetime burden.
We are blessed to have access to some of the best eye care in the world at the Kellogg Eye Center and this resulted in Jonas Paul having some sight! We are eternally grateful to those individuals who provided our son with sight and we knew that we wanted to pass that blessing along to parents who don’t have the same access or resources necessary to help their child.
• To help children feel beautiful and confident in their glasses.
• To provide blindness prevention and sight to children in need.
• Eliminate children being bullied by providing fashionable glasses with an empowering message that instills confidence in the wearer.
- The World Health Organization reports an estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. Of these, 12 million children are visually impaired due to refractive errors, a condition that could be easily diagnosed and corrected. 1.4 million are irreversibly blind for the rest of their lives and need visual rehabilitation interventions for a full psychological and personal development.
- Serious eye diseases including cataracts and pterygia can be prevented or delayed by wearing glasses or sunglasses with UV protection
- For the poor, eyeglasses often are either inaccessible or unaffordable, forcing hundreds of millions of people to live below their full potential.
VITAMIN A DEFFICIENCY
- Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) is the number one cause of childhood blindness.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 190 million children, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia, suffer from VAD.
- Each year, it is estimated that 670,000 children will die from VAD, and 350,000 will go blind. What makes this tragedy even more astounding is the low cost of preventing these deaths; approximately one dollar will supply a year’s worth of Vitamin A supplements for one child. That means that every Jonas Paul Eyewear frame that is purchased ensures at least one child will not die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency.
- River Blindness is an infection that is carried by a black fly that transmits tiny parasitic worms into a person when it bites. Once a worm has entered the body, it can live there for up to 15 years, and then migrate to the eye where it causes irreparable damage to the cornea and optic nerve.
- More than 37 million people are infected with River Blindness, often living in poor, rural African communities. The infection can be treated, but once blindness occurs, it’s irreversible.
For every pair of Jonas Paul Eyewear kids glasses purchased, we make donations to various partners to provide eye tests, corrective children's eyeglasses, cataract surgeries, mectizan treatments to prevent river blindness, and Vitamin A supplements to children and families in need. These donations provide support for visually impaired children all over the world.
Thank you for supporting Jonas Paul Eyewear with your purchases and making our Buy Sight, Give Sight program a reality!
Below are some of our ongoing partners as well as some that we have worked with on individual restoring sight & blindness prevention projects ... if you would like to get involved directly follow the links below to learn more!
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.
Our children need healthy eyes and vision to develop and thrive. Yet, millions of our children are vision impaired because they do not have access to eye care and treatment. We are obligated to do more.
Our Children’s Vision is leading a call to action. To come together to ensure that effective, sustainable eye health initiatives for children and adolescents are part of appropriate health programs and are integrated into regional, national and global education and health policy.
"If the mark of a great teacher is helping students see their world more clearly, one of the best in the business may be at East High School in Rochester.
His name is Logan Newman and he's outfitted roughly 1,200 Rochester City School District students with eyeglasses for free through the vision care program he launched in 2010.
From a laboratory classroom at East, students barely old enough to drive are practicing opticians churning out eyewear for their peers on a daily basis under Newman's tutelage." - USA TODAY
"Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses.Sight is the most treasured of our five senses. We see the world and its myriad of colors and shapes through the windows of our eyes. We learn with them. We laugh with them. We communicate with them. We provide for our families with them. We see our loved ones with them. Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity."
Since 1932, New Eyes has provided clear vision to over 8 million people in the United States and throughout the world.We purchase new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents in financial need and distribute used glasses to the disadvantaged in developing countries.