As eye care professionals, we all know the importance of vision and so this year we have chosen to support Optometry Giving Sight with our #CECOPGIVING campaign.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye examination and glasses they need.

Donations will allow training eye care professionals to ensure that in time, underserved communities have access to high quality eye care services from within. Optometry Giving Sight is committed to investing in long term strategies for education and human resources development, involving the establishment of culturally appropriate education programs to produce eye care professionals and other supporting personnel. This takes the shape in education programs and schools of optometry, where local people are trained as degree-qualified optometrists, optometric and spectacle technicians, refractionists, eye care health workers and vision center staff.

Our members and all of their customers can support the cause, by simply putting on the charity specs that can be cut out from our Christmas card available in our associated independents. Then take the best Christmas selfie, and upload it on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #CECOPGIVING that we are now promoting online.

For every picture received CECOP will donate £2 towards Optometry Giving Sight and their amazing and deserving causes.