97 Vision Charities Around The World

Every couple of years, we update our Vision Charity listings. There are hundreds that probably should be included in this list including local charities. Our apologies for those we missed.

We do advocate some type of give back program, whether it is promoted or quietly done. Giving back does not necessarily involve money, time and donations are also important.

Aside from the tax benefits of giving back, donating time, products or money improves standing in the community and employee morale.

Believe it or not there are studies that show that giving back can help mental health. A study was done at the University of Oregon that says that donations stimulate a pleasure. In another study in Germany, giving back both in time and money, people have a greater satisfaction in life. Another study in Missouri says that people that give have higher feelings of enjoyment. There was an article in Consumer Reports show older adults who volunteer their time have improved health. They have better cognitive function, increased walking speeds, an ability to climb stairs, and decreased rates of television watching than people who do not volunteer.

  1. 20/20/20
  2. Action for Blind People (UK)– providing Local help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages
  3. American Action Fund for Blind Children & Adults
  4. American Council of the Blind (National Office)
  5. American Foundation for the Blind and Blind Babies Foundation
  6. Armenian Eyecare Project
  7. Blind Skills : Provide information and resources for low vision and their families.
  8. Blinded Veterans Assocation
  9. Boston Sight 
  10. Bright Focus Foundation– Fights the fight against Alzheimer, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.
  11. Charity Vision  (Provo, Utah) Focus on empowering local physicians in the developing world and creating sustainable solutions to the worldwide blindness epidemic
  12. Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (UK)
  13. Childrens Eye Foundation
  14. Choroideremia Research Foundation: Choroideremia is a rare disorder that leads to blindness.
  15. Coalition For Usher Syndrome Research: More than 300,000 people in the  world have Usher Syndrome a genetic blind and deafness disorder.
  16. Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments
  17. Essilor Vision Foundation
  18. Eye Bank-(Canada)  accepts Eye donations
  19. Eye Care America run by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Provides free exams to those in need.
  20. EyeCare 4 Kids: (Salt Lake City, UT) Offer free clinics for kids and provide eyeglasses in the United States and international. Locations, in Utah, Nevada, New Jersey and Arizona.
  21. Eyecare Trust (UK)
  22. Eye Health Alliance (UK)
  23. Eyes of Hope by VSP Provides eyecare, eyewear, eye health to those in disaster areas.
  24. Fred Hollows Foundation (www.hollows.org.au) (Australia) believes that indigenous Australians deserve the same health care and life expectancy as other Australians, and they run a vision program helping the needlessly blind of the outback.
  25. Giving Sight (www.givingsight.org) is a Optometric charity that sends optometrists to underdeveloped countries, Provides eye exams and eyewear so they can get jobs and help to become contributing members of society.
  26. Fight For Sight -Since 1946, Fight for Sight supports and inspires eye and vision research by providing funding to scientists.  See on Facebook
  27. Focus on Vision: Provides adjustable eyeglasses around the world
  28. Foundation Fighting Blindness– has local Vision Walk to raise funds. Anyone can participate.
  29. Glaucoma Foundation (NY, NY) Launched in 1984, they work to find a cure for Glaucoma.
  30. Helen Keller International; Launched in 1915, the international non profit works in 122 countries to eliminate blindness and malnutrition.
  31. HelpMeSee (NY, NY) launched in the 1970’s, they work to prevent cataract blindness around the world.
  32. Himalyan Cataract Project : Works in Nepal to deliver cataract surgery performing in 2003, 300,000 cataract surgeries.
  33. Humbly I Serve– Faith Based Organization who provides vision services overseas and locally.
  34. International Eye Foundation: Founded in 1961, they are dedicated to restoring sight globally.
  35. International Agency For The Prevention of Blindness; Launched in 1999 the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
  36. International Center For Eye Health (UK) Works for eye health in low income areas.
  37. Iris Network: Organization to help people that are blind achieve independance.
  38. Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation 
  39. Laugh For Sight (Facebook
  40. LDS Charities (Vision)
  41. Lighthouse International
  42. Macular Degeneration Foundation
  43. Mercy Ships (Garden Valley, TX) Hospital ships that provide healthcare around the world.
  44. Mission Cataract USA: Offers FREE cataract surgery for those who cannot afford. On Mission Cataract Day, hundreds of people throughout the United States are given the gift of sight at no cost to them or to Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
  45. National Eye Institutefederal government’s lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness.
  46. New Eyes For the Needy; Provide eyeglasses to people in the USA and globally. Supported by Optician Association of America, Prevent Blindness, AAO And Fight For Sight.
  47. Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation 
  48. The Lions Club International (www.lionsclub.org) Eyeglass donations collects, cleans, repairs and sends reused eyeglasses to those in need.  Donations centers exist internationally as well as online.
  49. Lion’s Club International Foundation – Prevents blindness and restores sight through the SightFirst Program, and a number of other sight initiatives. 
  50. National Keratoconus Foundation: Part of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.
  51. OneSight by Luxottica and others. Provides sustainable clinics and visioncare around the world.
  52. OPC (France)
  53. Optometry Cares: Optometry Cares—The American Optometric Association Foundation administers the American Optometric Association’s public health programs, including VISION USA and InfantSEE®. Goal: Expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S.
  54. Orbis International (www.orbis.org) runs the Flying Eye Hospital. Doctors donate  time and fly to needy areas to give eye exams and care to needy people globally.
  55. Prevent Blindness America– The oldest volunteer organization, promotes eye health. Provide eye health information.
  56. Restoring Vision– RestoringVision.org provides new reading glasses and sunglasses to groups going to developing countries
  57. Rotarian Action Group For Blindness Prevention 
  58. Sankara Eye Foundation  (Washington) Gift of Giving. Gives back to India
  59. SeeAbility: (UK) works to encourage people who are blind or partially sighted and have other multiple disabilities to achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life
  60. SEE International– SEE International provides sustainable medical, surgical, and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the objectives of restoring sight and preventing blindness to disadvantaged individuals worldwide..
  61. SEVA Canada –  They help communities in 7 countries and regions develop their own capacity to deliver affordable eye care services. SEVA has a Gift of Sight catalog that lets you specify where your money goes.
  62. Sight for Students (VSP) provides free eyeglasses to students in need.
  63. Sight Savers International: (UK) Group of optical shops in the UK that work in 30 countries to save eyesight.
  64. TFOS-Blink Around the World: Global Program to promote eye health and eye research.
  65. The Seeing Eye–  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing dog guide school in the world. 
  66. The Center For The Partially Sighted –www.low-vision.org
  67. Think About Your Eyes– Supported by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association.  Consumer campaign dedicated to educate the consumer on the importance of eye health and an annual eye exam.
  68. Third World Eyecare Society (Canada) VOSH in Canada
  69. Unite for Sight – Has Provided eye care services to over 1 Million people worldwide, including more than 36,000 sight-restoring surgeries.
  70. VisionAid Overseas (UK)
  71. Vision Aware– Resources for living with Vision Loss
  72. Vision Charity (The) (UK) Vision Charity raises funds for the benefit of Blind & Visually Impaired children.
  73. Vision for a Nation Foundation (UK)
  74. Visioncare For Homeless People
  75. Vision Health International– VHI is a U.S.-based, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the delivery of free vision-care services and sight-restoring surgery to the medically underserved populations in Latin America.
  76. Vision of Children Foundation (The) Based in San Diego and launched in 1990, fund research to eliminate childhood vision disorders .
  77. Vision Outreach
  78. Vision Spring – www.visionspring.org which uses a micro-lending model involving poor people selling new readers out of a back-pack to other poor people in the developing world (thus providing both jobs and vision concurrently).
  79. Vision 2020 member organizations – The Vision 2020 website lists 111 international organizations that are committed to eliminating avoidable blindness.  The list includes links to contact the individual organization to learn more about how you can help. 
  80. Vosh International-The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.
  81. World Blind Union– The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization representing the estimated 285 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment

California

  1. California Council Of The Blind
  2. California Vision Foundation– Run through the California Optometric Association.
  3. Discovery Eye Foundation
  4. Project Homeless Connect- Run from San Francisco and Denver, provides eyecare to the homeless.
  5. Mindful Eyes Foundation:
  6. Vision To Learn– Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation -The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has partnered with Vision To Learn, a non-profit organization which provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to elementary school students in low-income communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

Colorado

  1. Project Homeless Connect
  2. Von Miller Vision Foundation Provides vision and help to children in Colorado

Florida

  1. Florida’s Vision Quest
  2. MORE Health www.morehealthinc.org
  3. Seeing the World by Adam Cherry OD, Provide eye exams and more to the uninsured in South Florida
  4. Vision Health International

Missouri 

  1. Eye Care Charity Mid-America. St. Louis, provides eyecare to those in the St. Louis area. 

North Carolina

Washington DC

  • Low Vision Center– Provides comprehensive non-medical resource services to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington DC area and beyond who are experiencing vision loss. Founded in 1979, this 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization maintains an extensive information and referral network, and introduces clients to adaptive products and strategies designed to help them maintain their independence

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  1. Sight Ministries International, the main benefactor of Eyes of Faith Optical.

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