Say YEStoday for a better tomorrow

Prairie EyeCare Center, PC joins global campaign to establish vision centers around the world.

Broken Bow, NE- April 25, 2011- Local optometrists Dr. Jeffry Sanger and Dr. Melinda Kennel, are joining the 'Say YEStoday for a better tomorrow' appeal to help fund the establishment of vision centers in developing communities around the world.  These new centers will help give sight to millions of people in need.

Many of these people are parents who cannot see to work and who struggle to provide for their children.  Others are children themselves who are missing out on an education simply because they cannot see the chalkboard or read a school book.  The reason for their poor vision is uncorrected refractive error - simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.  In developing communities, blindness and vision impairment make it almost impossible to break the cycle of poverty.

Say YEStoday is an appeal developed by Optometry Giving Sight, an organization funding programs that help to address the need of the 670 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses.  Through the provision of eye care, the training of local eye care professionals and the building of community based vision centers, these programs ensure sustainable, lasting results for people in need.

"By saying YEStoday, our patients can join us in transforming the lives of people currently living without eye care," said Dr. Jeffrey Sanger.  "We have a vision center poster on display in the practice and are encouraging our patients and residents of Custer County to make a donation, 'buy a brick,' and add their name to the poster.  The 'bricks' cost just $5 which is the cost of an eye exam and a pair of glasses in some developing countries.  It's a great way to raise funds and our patients can see how their donation will make a difference."

Funds raised from the Say YEStoday appeal last year helped to provide ongoing funding to eight vision centers and train 683 eye care professionals across 15 countries.  This year we hope to double that number!

Prairie EyeCare Center in located on the East Side of the Square in Broken Bow.  Call (308)872-2291 to schedule an appointment or stop in to see our "Brick wall."

For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the YEStoday campaign, visit www.givingsight.org.

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