Testing times: Hervey Bay Specsavers optometrist Tim Muir says 75 per cent of Australian vision loss is preventable.
Testing times: Hervey Bay Specsavers optometrist Tim Muir says 75 per cent of Australian vision loss is preventable. Valerie Horton

Sights set on good cause

HERVEY Bay optometrist Tim Muir is helping to change lives around the world by joining the World Sight Day challenge.

On Thursday next week, Specsavers Hervey Bay will donate 100 per cent of all eye examination fees to Optometry Giving Sight – an organisation dedicated to helping people in poor countries gain access to much-needed eye care.

“Seventy-five per cent of Australian vision loss is preventable or treatable,” he said.

“This makes regular eye tests the key to early detection and saving your sight.

“By scheduling your eye check with us on October 14 you will not only be making a difference to your own eye health, but also helping someone else, with all eye examination proceeds going to the care and treatment of people who otherwise couldn’t afford it.”

Mr Muir said eye examinations and glasses could instantly change lives, but without access to them people around the world were losing their vision to perfectly treatable conditions like myopia or short-sightedness.

“It blows my mind that poor vision can be so easily corrected and yet people are still not getting the treatment they need,” he said.

“That’s why supporting Optometry Giving Sight is so important to us.

“We really hope the Hervey Bay community get behind us and book in for eye test on October 14 so that we can raise lots of money because everyone has the right to sight.”



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