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This World Sight Day, it's okay to#beshady

On October 10, wear your shades inside to raise awareness for visual impairment and blindness worldwide.


Grab a pair
and show you care

Grab a pair and show you care

When you purchase TOMS Eyewear, we'll provide eye care to an individual in need.


The Gift of Sight
Makes a Future Bright

The Gift of Sight Makes a Future Bright

Sight for Economic Opportunity

Individuals with Vision Lossoften have to give up their jobs or other income generating activitiesSource: WOGU, 2008

To provide for his family in India, Bhim, 52, works as a rickshaw puller. Bhim also makes extra income milking cows and selling ice cream in nearby villages. About two years ago, his vision began to blur and Bhim had to stop working after he nearly injured himself from falling with his ice cream cart. His family income dropped. Thankfully, an eye camp was held in his community, where they discovered he had cataracts. He underwent surgery and his vision was restored. Bhim went back to work soon after and was able to support his family once again.

His cataract surgery was supported by a TOMS Eyewear purchase.

Sight for
Gender Equality

2/3 of peoplewho are blind are female.Source: WHO

Malita is 11 and lives in Cambodia. She loves to draw, but Malita's hobby was put in jeopardy when her eyes didn't align, causing them to focus on different objects. She eventually lost vision in one eye, leading to issues with her depth perception. She struggled in school and with her drawing. Her grandfather brought Malita to an eye hospital where Seva Cambodia provided a surgery to restore her vision and realign her eyes, increasing her chances of staying and succeeding in school. She left the hospital with a big smile and a drawing to thank the staff for her surgery.

Malita's strabismus surgery was supported by a TOMS Eyewear purchase.

Sight for
Independence

With restored visionpeople can go to work, help at home, walk independently and rejoin their communities.

At 65, Tajitu believed she could no longer see because she was getting older. Over time, her visual impairment became such a burden, it required her family to care for her; helping feed, dress and assist her with other daily activities. Tajitu and her family walked for two hours from their small village in Ethiopia to reach Light for the World's eye clinic. There, she was provided cataract surgery. "I have no words to express my feelings for such a gratifying service," she shared. Tajitu returned home, independent and able to care for herself and her family once again.

Tajitu's cataract surgery was supported by a TOMS Eyewear purchase.

Sight for Education

Over 12 Million Childrenworldwide have visual impairment that can be improved with glasses.Source: Reskinoff, 2008

Waris, 13, explained to CHEF International eye care staff in Pakistan that he loved to study and go to public school, but was having trouble seeing the blackboard and reading his books. So much so, that he was moved to a special education school since his grades had fallen so far behind. The eye care staff was eager to examine Waris' vision as many children are often held back in school due to undiagnosed vision issues. Upon examination, they found he needed prescription glasses. Waris picked out his favorite frames and was given a brand new pair of glasses. He is now back at school and on track with his public school classmates.

Waris' prescription glasses were supported by a TOMS Eyewear purchase.

The Gift of Sight
Makes a Future Bright

Discover how restoring sight can change someone's life.


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World Sight Day 2013 | TOMS

On 10/10/13, its okay to #BeShady. This #WorldSightDay I am joining TOMS to wear my sunglasses inside to raise awareness for visual impairment and global blindness. Join me!