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Vision Aid Overseas

Vision Aid Overseas aims to transform access to quality eye care in developing countries. 670 million people worldwide are unnecessarily visually impaired because they do not have spectacles – this accounts for 10 per cent of the global population. This is mainly due to the significant lack of eye care services available in low and middle income countries. For people affected the consequences can be disadvantage and disability. Vision Aid Overseas’ vision is a world in which everyone has access to eye care and spectacles.

Vision Aid Overseas’ work is focused on improving the lives of people who are marginalised by poor eyesight and motivated by our belief that good vision should be a right for all, not just those who can afford it.

  • Vision Aid Overseas is supported by ABDOOpen

    In 2004 ABDO adopted Vision Aid Overseas as its official charity of choice and committed to support their work in a number of ways. Every year, ABDO will be sponsoring four people to take part in overseas projects by paying a bursary to Vision Aid Overseas. This bursary will allow Vision Aid Overseas to cover some of the costs of sending a dispensing optician to work in the developing world.

    If you are a dispensing optician who has been selected for a Vision Aid Overseas project and would like to apply for an ABDO bursary, please write to Michelle Derbyshire at the ABDO College or email mderbyshire@abdocollege.org.uk. Your letter should contain a brief professional profile, information about the project and where you will be traveling to. Most importantly, please explain why you want to go. Applications will be assessed on a regular basis and you will be informed of a decision as soon as possible.

  • Vision Aid Overseas' sustainable eye care servicesOpen

    Vision Aid Overseas develops sustainable eye care services that ensure an impact for its patients:

    • To establish Vision Centres where high quality spectacles can be manufactured and sold at an affordable price following a thorough eye examination
    • To train healthcare workers in practical eye testing and vision health skills that equips them to work as primary eye care workers in their local communities
    • To utilise the expertise of UK optical professionals who develop outreach services in areas away from existing facilities and who undertake teaching programmes across the developing world
  • Please support Vision Aid OverseasOpen

    Vision Aid Overseas urgently needs support to help more patients. You can support them by:

    Making a cash donation

    Becoming a fundraiser

    Becoming a member

    Volunteering for a project

  • EYE CARE IN ZAMBIAOpen

    For news regarding eye care and Vision Aid Overseas’ activities in Zambia click here.

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  • Why is Vision Aid Overseas necessary? Open

    For people in the developing world with bad eyesight it can be very difficult to access education and employment. Many find daily living difficult and dangerous. Vision Aid Overseas has a dramatic impact on people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to go to school, continue to work and live a life free from unnecessary disadvantage and disability.

  • What has Vision Aid Overseas achieved? Open

    Vision Aid Overseas was founded 1985 by dispensing opticians and optometrists who cared passionately about helping people in the developing world who needed good vision to live an ordinary life. Since its foundation, Vision Aid Overseas has helped over a million people to see through the provision of eye care and spectacles.

  • How is Vision Aid Overseas financed? Open

    Vision Aid Overseas receives no government funding and is totally dependent on the support it receives from individuals and organizations in the UK. ABDO are proud to support Vision Aid Overseas in its work to transform access to eye care in the developing world.

  • How do ABDO sponsor VAO projects? Open

    Vision Aid Overseas is sponsored by ABDO.

    In 2004 ABDO adopted Vision Aid Overseas as its official charity of choice.

    As part of this, ABDO will be sponsoring four people each year to take part in overseas projects. This bursary paid to VAO covers the cost of the volunteer donation to VAO plus some out of pocket expenses.

    If you have already been selected for a project and would like to apply for sponsorship, please write to Michelle Derbyshire at the ABDO College or email mderbyshire@abdo.org.uk. Your letter should contain a brief professional profile, information about the project and where you will be travelling to. Most importantly, please explain why you want to go. Applications will be assessed on a regular basis and you will be informed of a decision as soon as possible

    Terms and conditions for ABDO Bursary Applications:

    1. All applicants must be a member of the ABDO and Vision Aid Overseas.
    2. Applicants must satisfy the requirements for and already have been selected for a VAO project.
    3. Sponsorship is allocated on a named basis for a specific trip. The selection committee must be notified in writing of any change in circumstances.
    4. The decision of the selection committee is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.
    5. A bursary will not be awarded to the same applicant for two consecutive years.
    6. Application must be in writing, before the project, by the project volunteer.
    7. ABDO requires that the successful applicant complete an article about their trip on their return, for publication in the Dispensing Optics journal.
    8. All monies awarded to the successful applicant are for payment to Vision Aid Overseas to cover the individual’s contribution.
    9. Failure to complete the project will result in the successful applicant refunding the sponsorship to ABDO.
  • How do I contact Vision Aid Overseas? Open

    You can contact Vision Aid Overseas by visiting their website or via the details below:

    Vision Aid Overseas
    12 The Bell Centre
    Newton Road
    Manor Royal
    Crawley
    West Sussex
    RH10 2FZ

    Tel: 01293 535016
    Fax: 01293 535026
    Email: info@vao.org.uk