A way to celebrate all the great things glasses do for us. And it’s a way to help raise awareness of the Vision Care Gap: the fact that 1 in 7 people around the world have no way to get an eye exam or a pair of glasses.
1Snap a selfie with your favorite glasses
2Post on social using #WearGlassesWednesday
some ideas to get you started:
“My glasses do more than help me see clearly—they help me work better, see the faces and places I love, and keep my world in focus. But there are a lot of people in the world—1 in 7 to be exact—who can’t see clearly but lack access to glasses. I’m celebrating my specs for #wearglasseswednesday in support of them, and I encourage you to do the same. Join me by posting your own selfie wearing your glasses.”
“I don’t wear glasses normally, but today I am! Why? Because I’m supporting #wearglasseswednesday to bring attention to the fact that 1 in 7 people around the globe need glasses but can’t get them. Want to join me? Share your own #wearglasseswednesday selfie to support the cause.”
What does the Vision Care Gap mean?
It means three things: people aren’t aware that eye care is even a thing; or it means it’s not affordable; or it’s so far away that it’s impractical to get to. But in many many places it’s simply not there.
Some people, especially children, just don’t know that there is a problem with their eyes. They think that’s just what everyone sees (or doesn’t see).
Could you afford to spend a month’s wages on a pair of glasses? Neither can a lot of people around the world—but that’s what it would cost them.
If you had to wait 2 years like the people in Lota, Chile to see an eye doctor, would you even bother? Some travel days to their appointments.