Doctor observes World Sight Day |

Doctor observes World Sight Day

Staff Reports

Local optometrist, Dr. Somer Lyons of Valley Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery in Minden, is joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries.

On World Sight Day (Thursday), Lyons will donate her eye exam fees to help provide eye exams and glasses to children in developing countries who can’t see well enough to learn at school, as well as adults who don’t see well enough to provide for their families.

Optometry Giving Sight, the organizer of the World Sight Day Challenge, funds programs that provide eye exams and glasses, trains local eye care professionals and develops vision centers that deliver long-term vision care to people in desperate need.

“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for three years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause,” Lyons said. “It’s easy for us to take good vision for granted, so taking the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to raise funds to help people who don’t have access to even basic vision care.”

Lyons is inviting her patients to make a donation throughout October. Anyone donating will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

Valley Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery is located at 1644 Highway 395, Unit B-1, in Minden, next to Tahoe Ridge Winery. To reach the office, call 783-1111.

Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85 percent of all funds raised by optometrists and their patients go directly to programs that give sight to those most in need.

Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Optometry Foundation, the International Center for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-OGS-GIVE.