At Alcon, the passion for eye health is entrenched in our culture and in the heart of each and every associate. Through charitable donations and volunteer programs, Alcon makes a positive and meaningful impact in communities around the world. This year, the Alcon Foundation is proud to partner with the State Fair of Texas to offer free eye health screenings in honor of World Sight Day, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The event will offer eye health support to guests from Alcon’s surrounding communities who may not have access to eye health services or resources otherwise. The booth will also offer important educational information and materials to take home.
Children’s eye care services – Cycle for Sight
Alcon associates strive to improve the communities in which they live and work – taking an active role in making a difference through volunteer service activities, and involvement with organizations and programs such as United Way, Kids Vision for Life and Cycle for Sight.
The third annual World Sight Day Cycle for Sight 20/20 Challenge is a global competition that has become a favorite World Sight Day activity among Alcon associates and has now grown to 25 sites in 19 countries. Reaching our goal of 2,020 associates across the company riding a stationary or standard bike for as long as they choose will trigger a donation to Our Children’s Vision. Our Children’s Vision delivers effective, sustainable eye care services to children around the world, regardless of their economic status or geographical location.
Patient services and practitioner education – Medical Missions
Every year, Alcon Cares donates products and equipment to support approximately 600 medical missions to advance eye health in underserved communities around the world. This October, we’re supporting missions to more than 20 countries that will provide care to more than 25,000 patients.
Mission partners include long-time partner Orbis, which is marking their 20th anniversary of fighting blindness in Ethiopia. During their current program, which falls over World Sight Day, they will train eye care professionals on their Flying Eye Hospital and in local partner clinics. Additionally, Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy is two months into their 10-month field service trip in Guinea, where they’ll provide ophthalmic care for patients and train ophthalmic technicians, nurses and surgeons.