Joseph Carbone and a new recipient of her own glasses in Africa.
Joseph Carbone is a board certified optician with over 45 years of experience. In 2000 he came to the conclusion that the production of glasses was just too exclusive and expensive for low-income families.
In 2001 he began the charity, EyeCare4Kids™ (see www.EyeCare4Kids.org) to help any needy child get an exam and pair of needed glasses for free. He began with one brick and mortar clinic which has grown to six. The sole purpose of these clinics was to help children in need of professional eye exams and glasses to be able to obtain them at no cost or low cost. After 20 years, his mission has helped over 300,000 children see better and flourish in a most important environment – school
But Joseph could see so much need still untouched in the world. To this end he created an innovative virtual clinic called Sight the World that could be accessed by all in need via telemedicine and technology. Through this new portal, the charity would have the ability to start touching and helping hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of needy children and adults who cannot see properly because they have not had access to exams and eyeglasses throughout the world.
“We are changing lives. Sure, it’s a pair of eyeglasses, but it’s reading. It’s education. It’s a child’s future.”
Because of EyeCare4Kids™ success over the last 20 years, Sight the World is fortunate to be partnered with the top optical laboratories, frame suppliers, & lens manufacturers in the world. Our partners offer high quality and affordable products along with expert manufacturing and logistics services to support our worldwide needs.
Our partners include:
Frequently Asked Questions
What commitment do I have to make to get these glasses?
For those in need of eyeglasses, but cannot afford the cost, it is free. Your only obligation is to have your child or needy family member get an eye exam from an eye specialist or opthomoligist, and submit it on the Sight the World web site for fulfillment.
Are the glasses really high quality?
All of Sight The World’s glass frames are break-resistant, and come in many shapes, sizes and colors. We hope there is a special pair made just for your child.
How long does it take to receive a pair of glasses after ordering them?
About two week, depending on where you live.
Do I have to pay shipping costs?
Can the glasses be sent anywhere in the world?
How do we get an eye exam?
Currently, you will have to go to a local eye expert or optometrist for an exam. We will ask you to enter the results of the exam into the required fields of our site. Coming soon, our site will have the exclusive ability to offer exams via a special app on our site. This service will be free to participating families.
What if my child’s glasses break?
No problem. You just re-apply for a new pair using your current exam results.
Is there a limit to the number of my children that can receive free glasses?
No. Our goal is to help millions of needy children and adults throughout the world see clearly and perform better in school and in life.
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