These websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts are devoted to informing their viewers and the larger public about the importance of vision care. Most of them do work internationally as well as in the United States.
Paths to Literacy Blog 14
Paths to Literacy is a website that resulted from a project between the Perkins School for the Blind and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is a resource for educators and families as they provide literacy experiences for children who are blind or visually impaired. The Paths to Literacy Blog provides news and information related to learning and literacy acquisition for students who are blind or visually impaired. The organization also keeps an active Twitter account @PathstoLiteracy for more information about vision and schooling.
Warby Parker: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair. 15
When you buy a pair of glasses from @WarbyParker in the United States, another pair goes to someone in need. The company works with nonprofit partners such as VisionSpring which trains men and women in developing countries to give comprehensive eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices. Though focused on providing corrected vision to people in developing countries, Warby Parker plans to begin an initiative to support Americans who do not have access to vision screenings or cannot afford prescription frames.
Vision Impact Institute 16
The Vision Impact Institute calls attention to the problem of poor eyesight and its consequences. It advocates for new research into vision economics and treatment of visual impairment worldwide. @VisionCost is the official Twitter account for the Vision Impact Institute and keeps its followers up to date on what problems arise because of uncorrected vision, where to get free eye exams, and provides information and research on the effects of poor eyesight.
Wisconsin Vision/Heartland Vision 17
Wisconsin Vision has been servicing eye care patients for over thirty years. It is the largest independently owned and operated optical provider in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Vision offers eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses across Wisconsin. The Facebook page provides more up-to-date information. Click here for a video of children benefiting from the work of Wisconsin Vision and demonstrating the necessity of being able to see the teacher’s board at school.
American Optometric Association 18
The AOA represents roughly 39,000 doctors and students of optometry as well as assistants and technicians. Patients reside in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,5000 of those communities, the AOA doctors are the only source of vision care available. @AOAConnect provides relevant and necessary information about the importance of vision care as well as makes note of the current programs run by and progress of AOA.
Bright Eyes News 19
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care is located in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Nate offers a full range of services for family eyecare from vision screenings to specialized glasses and contact lenses for children and adults. Bright Eyes News is Dr. Nate’s blog, on which he posts recent events he and his wife have attended, pertinent information about eye care as well as progress made in providing individuals with maximum vision clarity. To learn more about Bright Eyes Kids, the pediatric eye care division of Bright Eyes, click here.
VSP Blog 20
The Vision Service Plan (VSP) Blog provides viewers with information about eye health, glasses frames and contact lenses and other vision related news. It compiles current stories and articles in one location and promotes its own social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. Additionally, the main VSP Vision Care website has more information about the organization and the importance of vision care. Sight for Students is a program initiative under VSP that provides free eye exams and glasses to more than 500,000 low-income and uninsured children.
New Eyes For the Needy Facebook Page 21
New Eyes for the Needy purchases new eyeglasses and recycles donated glasses for distribution to low-income children and adults in the United States and in developing countries worldwide. By providing tools necessary for improved vision, New Eyes empowers children and adults and encourages them to pursue a higher quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. New Eyes uses its Facebook page to show progress made and on-going projects that provide needy communities with the ability to see clearly. More information about New Eyes can be found on their main website.