(George Optical Press Release)

With most Filipinos taking their eyes for granted and failing to see the importance of having routine eye checkups, until there is already a problem, possibly a critical one at that. Eye experts urge the public to have their eyes thoroughly checked regularly.

Every August our country celebrates “Sight Saving Month”. The objective is to promote better awareness for eye health and encourage Filipinos to have their eyes checked. It aims to strengthen public awareness of the importance of proper eye care and the prevention of avoidable blindness and eye diseases.


Avoidable blindness and visual impairment is a serious global health issue. It imposes a significant health, social, and economic burden on individuals and communities. With the aim of eliminating the main causes of avoidable blindness by the year 2020, the global initiative ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ was launched in 1999 by the World Health Organization in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, which promoted the development of sustainable eye care programs based on the three core strategies of disease control, human resource development and infrastructure and technology, incorporating the principles of primary health care.

Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment, while cataract remains the leading cause of blindness. Furthermore, 65% of visually-impaired and 82% of blind people are over 50 years old.

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The top three causes of visual impairment are uncorrected refractive errors, cataract, and glaucoma. On the other hand, the top three causes of blindness are cataract, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.

In the Philippines, the current estimated number of persons who are bilaterally blind is 569,072, of which 62.1% is due to cataract, 10.3% due to uncorrected refractive errors, 8% due to glaucoma, and 4% due to retinopathies.

George Optical supports this celebration and promotion of public awareness by offering a free comprehensive eye examination and initial contact lens assessment for the entire month of August, discounts will also be given on selected frames on all its twenty five (25) branches nationwide.

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Patients can also give back by donating their old wearable eyeglasses, which in turn will be given to the less fortunate through the Dr. George Co, Sr. Foundation, in honor of George Optical’s founder.

Dr. George Co Sr.

Dr. George Co Sr.

For more than fifty years running, George Optical has a strong commitment to quality, and its success story is simply of a company with a heart and a simple vision: to make lives better through healthy vision.

Truly, George Optical with its Chief Optometrist and President, Dr. Geoffrey Co, together with a team of licensed Optometrists and in-house ophthalmologist ensure that the founder’s philosophy lives on today.

Dr. Geoffery Co

Dr. Geoffery Co

Dr. George Co Sr. and Wife

Dr. George Co Sr. and Wife

Around Pilipinas supports George Optical’s cause in donating wearable eyeglasses to the less fortunate. If you happen to have a pair of eyeglasses you no longer use, you can help save someone’s vision by donating it through Dr. George Co, Sr. Foundation.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

This month of August, get huge discounts and a free comprehensive eye examination or an initial contact lens fitting at George Optical. Check out their facebook page for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/georgeoptical 

Phone Numbers: +632 834 8742 / 834 7663; 832 8679

Official Website: http://www.george-optical.com

Branches: http://www.george-optical.com/locations.html

18 thoughts on “August Sight Saving Month

  1. How nice of George Optical to have this advocacy to help the less fortunate. Hopefully more companies would give back to the community by creating corporate social responsibility programs.

  2. They’re giving ordinary people a good opportunity to help others who can’t afford a pair of eyeglasses. That’s just admirable!

  3. I take note of this, I did not know that you can donate old eyeglasses. Eyeglasses are expensive so it is nice to know that they help less fortunate people.

  4. One of the things we have to have checked regularly would be our eyes, we use it on a daily basis and it needs proper care if we want to keep using it. This is an awesome cause for awareness. People have to be conscious about their eyes’ health just like they are with their other organs.

  5. It’s good to know that George Optical began this initiative; for sure the beneficiaries of the donations will be very thankful to be able to see the world clearly again.

  6. This is a great initiative and many will be helped because of this. Eyeglasses are expensive now. I bought a pair for my mother but now she’s not using it anymore.

  7. I’ve had my eye checked last May to see if I have some grade. Luckily, my eyes are still great and doing well. I just bought a UV protection glasses because I’m staring at a computer screen all the time. 🙂

  8. My grandmother have problems in her eyes. She choose not to be operated because she is scared for the operation. Thanks for this company and thanks for sharing Ms. Shelly.

  9. Ohh i didn’t know about sight saving month! I’ve had a long history of eye issues, haha but thankfully i have near 20/20 eyesight. Haven’t been to see an optha for awhile and I should, for routine checkup.

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