HIS Vision

HIS Vision Project Reaches Locals Through Sponsor Sight Program

Proper vision can be the deciding factor between a child getting a complete, healthy education or that same child missing out on everyday learning because s/he cannot see the board at the front of the room. The National Commission on Vision and Health states that “80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes” and “healthy eyes and vision are important to a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.”

Unfortunately, vision health has become a serious public health problem in the U.S. Not only are many children lacking proper eye care, but the concern for middle aged and aging adults is also rising. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 78 percent of aging adults are affected by vision loss. “The number of blind and visually impaired people is expected to double over the next 16 years,” Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, O.D., AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section Chair, said. It seems that, despite the continuous growth of science and technology, complications with vision are actually increasing. The issue is not going away.IMG_9041

However, it is not too late to create hope and be the change! The team at HIS Vision has been reaching local people with free eye examinations and glasses through the Sponsor Sight Program (SSP) since Fall 2012. SSP was created to help impoverished families in the Lynchburg Region 2000 area receive the needed eye care that they cannot afford.

Aneesa Crowley and her two sons of Madison Heights, VA is one of many families that has benefited greatly from the Sponsor Sight Program. Before having eyeglasses, Aneesa’s son, Avrett, had a difficult time seeing the board in class. “Every time the teacher would write something on the Smartboard, I always had to get up out of my seat and then walk up to the board to write it down.”  Avrett said. He was constantly squinting, tilting his head from side to side, leaning forward and straining to get a good look at what was written on the board. His education experience was suffering. Aneesa said her boys’ classroom experience improved greatly after SSP and their passion for reading was also revamped due to proper eye care.

“Their self-esteem had improved (and) being able to be a part of the classroom atmosphere as well as participating in class. They could respond to questions that were being asked or respond to something being read on the board. I’ve seen a big improvement with them, especially as far as grades … They enjoy reading, so it’s hard to read when you can’t see.” Aneesa said.

The benefits are endless.

Qualified single parents and children are able to accept examinations for free because of people like YOU. For only $30, you can sponsor someone in need of an examination and pair of glasses. You could be the change to help with a child’s education. You could be the change for a parent looking to provide for his/her child. Whatever the circumstance, there is an ever growing number of people in need, and Humbly I Serve is looking to reduce that number. Help us reach others with vision!

To see Aneesa’s full story, to apply for the program, or for more information about becoming a sponsor, check out our website HERE.

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Trips with Student VOSH

Trips with Student VOSH

The Student VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) groups are excited and willing to come on board to support the HIS Vision Project as we continue through this transitional process into our new clinic! We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside to help teach them the profession. These VOSH students are currently planning trips for November and December of 2014, and need Optometrists who are willing to raise their funds and make a difference not only in the lives of these students, but especially to the people of Haiti. The people of Haiti are in dire need of proper vision care, which can drastically alter their way of life.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

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Help Local Children See a Brighter Future

Help Local Children See a Brighter Future

The Sponsor Sight program is a unique opportunity that allows children who have no means of affording regular eye care the chance to do so by contributable donations and us working with our partner providers. Simply put, someone donates $30 to help a child in need, and this money gets partnered up with a child, who then receives care from the doctors we work alongside, and a child is able to see better.

This is a cheap alternative for those who can’t afford eye care for their children, and can also help prevent misdiagnosis of other problems such as ADD, when really the child has been struggling to see. This can lead to children receiving better education because they can see the board in class and be able to read properly.

This is just one easy, affordable way that we can all come together to help aid in our local Lynchburg community. Will you be part of the change?

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A Call to Train Young Professionals

Teaching Modules

God’s ability to provide has been a blessing and comfort as things have progressed with the eye clinic in Haiti, and we look forward to what he has next in store for us at HIS Vision. Another need that has arisen is to be able to teach and train future Opticians at the clinic in Haiti. We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside these trainees and teach them the profession. The trips can be broken up into short-term trips, and would meet a major necessitate for getting this clinic on its feet, and allowing the people of Haiti to become self-sustaining.

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Vision has arrived!

Vision has arrived!

We are very happy to announce that the grand opening of our eye clinic in Cap Hatien, Haiti will be taking place May 17th!

The eye clinic will offer the following services to Haitians:

-Eye exams for all ages
-Treatment of a wide variety of eye diseases and infections
-Treatment of eye injuries
Currently, Haiti only has two practicing eye care providers, which is hardly enough to meet the needs of a population of 2 million people. As our eye clinic continues to grow, it will be able to bring many more services to Haitians. Our next step will be to implement a ophthalmic training program in which the Haitian people can earn a certification. This will ultimately bring employment opportunities and a better future to Haiti.

We have exciting opportunities ahead of us, but we can’t make it happen without your help. Donate today and help us continue to bring Haiti a better vision!

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Make Vision Care a Reality

Make Vision Care a Reality

Did you know that in Haiti, a nation of approximately 10 million people, there is roughly one eye doctor for every 200,000 people, where as the United States has one for every 6,000 people? And most of these doctors are near the Haitian capital, which leaves many who cannot travel without a means of seeking the help they need, which can aid these people in escaping a life of poverty and just allowing them to live a more productive life.

Most of the eye health problems that Haitians suffer with are curable diseases, that with proper care, these people could live normal lives. Imagine getting hit in the eye with a branch, or sustaining what we may call a minor injury. Most people in the United States could just go and see an eye doctor. But in Haiti, not having eye care readily available, a minor problem can quickly turn into a huge issue. Help us in being part of this change, and make vision care for all the people in Haiti a reality.

Donate today!

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Small Needs for a Big Cause

Small Needs for a Big Cause

We are relieved to finally have all of our equipment shipped over to the clinic in Haiti! It has been a long process, but God has been so good in bringing all the little details together. We are so grateful for those who have generously donated and contributed to the cause that this clinic stands for. There are just a few more needs before the clinic can be fully operational:

-Edger
-Visual Field Machine
-Stock Lenses

Help make vision possible. Consider giving today!

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HIS Vision Trips

HIS Vision Trips

All of us at HIS Vision are thrilled to see the progress of our eye clinic, as God has really paved the way to make sure His people in Haiti are being taken care of. With our celebration of the clinic Grand Opening in May, we are looking for two Optometrists to join us on one of our trips coming up in 2014 in order to continue the success of the clinic.

The first trip is October 6-15, and the following is in November with FCO, an optometric student group. We also host several customizable trips throughout the year for groups, and are in need for professional optometrists to go along with students on these trips. If not for the volunteers and support that God has so graciously provided, this clinic in Haiti would still be in the planning, and not the reality that it is today.

-Melinda Wilson, ABOC

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Educational Program in Haiti

Educational Program

Haiti, a country of about 10 million people, suffers from inadequate treatment for vision conditions and diseases, most of which are easily curable, a luxury that we as Americans do not have much concern with. But poor eye health contributes greatly to poverty, while leaving many others unable to receive proper education, or uphold a job, which turns back towards poverty. It is a vicious cycle that many cannot escape without the help and commitment of others willing to step in to aid in this terminal situation.

We are in need of Opticians who are eager to help in the writing of our Opticianry program for our Haitian clinic. These will be used to help educate Haitian students, which not only helps establish the work that is being done there, but allows these students employment opportunities, which ultimately leads to change. Create hope, be the change, join the movement.

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An Exciting New Partnership!

An Exciting New Partnership!

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Coastal Vision, a family eye care provider with four locations in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, VA areas. The optometrists at Coastal Vision provide comprehensive eye care and excellent services to their patients.

While speaking with Dr. Beach, co-owner and doctor of Coastal Vision, we learned about his passion for giving back to the community. “For me, giving back is an act of gratitude for the blessings I’ve been given and it’s an expression of faith in a greater purpose,” Dr. Beach said.

Dr. Beach started his own practice six years ago from scratch and understands the difficulty of lacking resources to give on a larger scale. However, he still found ways to give in small increments. After joining with Dr.’s Nilsson, Lin, and Wang to purchase Coastal Vision in 2013, he knew this was their opportunity to give tremendously more than they had previously.

The doctors at Coastal Vision soon began the “Coastal Vision Cares” Initiative in which they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. This allows patients to be a vital part in the process of giving back.

After learning about the HIS Vision Project, Dr. Beach contacted CEO Melinda Wilson to learn how to get involved and make an impact alongside our organization. To date, Coastal Vision has donated 450 pairs of glasses to HIS Vision Project in a matter of only two months.

Coastal Vision hopes to continue donating an average of 200-225 pairs of glasses per month to HIS Vision. We cannot express our gratitude enough for their partnership with us; we are thankful for their willingness and passion to be on board with our vision.

For more ways to partner with us or make a donation, please click the photo.