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world sight day

Optometry Giving Sight

All of our offices participate in the Optometry Giving Sight, collect used eyewear for our local Lions Club, as well as participate in other local charitable services. We are involved in the annual World Diabetes Day Educational Event and participate in the Eye See Eye Learn program which helps children begin their education knowing they won't be limited by their vision. We encourage you to visit one of our offices anytime for a personal adjustment and a fresh nose pad replacement and drop a toonie in our Optometry Giving Sight collection.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision caused due to a lack of an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Sight can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. Optometry Giving Sight funds the solution by supporting programs that:

Train – local eye care professionals and;

Establish – vision centres for sustainability to;

Deliver – eye care and glasses.

The 'World Sight Day Challenge' is Optometry Giving Sight's annual major fundraising campaign to help the millions of people around the world who are needlessly vision impaired. The Challenge takes place in October each year and optometry offices around the world participate.

Norfolk Family Eye Care is also the recipient of the 2015 Bronze World Sight Day Challenge Award. To date we have raised $1590.87 and have made the "Top 10 Donation Box Offices" in 2012, 2013 and 2015!

Norfolk Family Eye Care is the recipient of the 2016 Silver World Sight Challenge Award.

2016 Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Fair

Dr. Ryan participates in the annual Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Fair. This year it is held on Saturday March 19th from 10am to 3pm at The Aud, Simcoe Fairgrounds. The Wellness fair is an opportunity for the community to learn about a variety of fields that are involved in overall health and wellness. This includes several health care providers from different disciplines as well as hobby and leisure activity organizations. It is a free event where the public can ask questions and get information on topics they are interested in.

2016 Readers' Choice for Norfolk County

Norfolk Family Eye Care was voted Best Optical Store in Norfolk County for 2016. We appreciate anyone who voted for us, thank you!

2016 Readers' Choice for Norfolk News

Norfolk Family Eye Care was voted Platium in the category of Optometrist Office in Readers' Choice Awards 2016 with Norfolk News. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!


Norfolk Family Eye Care raised award-winning amount for 2017 World Sight Day Challenge. 

Dr. Jane Van Dyk, Dr. Katie Ryan, Dr. Matthew Craig and Dr. Janki Kapadia and the staff at Norfolk Family Eye Care have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Bronze award level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2017 World Sight Day Challenge.

This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired and in urgent need of eye care. 

Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs focusing on training local eye care professionals so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community. 


Norfolk Family Eye Care is the recipient of the 2018 Bronze World Sight Challenge Award.


Norfolk Family Eye Care is the recipient of the 2019 Bronze World Sight Challenge Award.

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