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October 2, 2007

Albany--There are currently 124 million people around the globe who are visually impaired, with 90 percent of the world's blind people living in developing countries.  Every five seconds, somewhere in the world, a person goes blind.

One local optical center wants to helps those who can't see well improve their vision.

Through October 11th, Albany Eye Care will be raising money for an organization whose mission is to improve eyesight for people world-wide.

All they need is your donation.

"One of the leading causes of blindness world-wide is just the lack of glasses," says optometrist Dylan Belt.

That's why for the next several days Belt with Albany Eye Care will take donations and in turn give them to an organization that helps people who are blind or visually impaired.

"Optometry Giving Sight is a program to get glasses to those who don't have that available to them," he says.

According to the organization 250 million people around the globe are blind or close to it simply because they don't have access to an eye exam or glasses.

"Here in the United States, they're readily available. But in other parts of the world there's no access to eye care or eye glasses," says Belt.

Even in his own practice, Belt sees patients with a variety of eye-related problems.

"Some days it's just everything from nearsighted or farsighted. Then other times it seems I see health problems and diseases. Some of those do include glaucoma, macularate degeneration, cataracts, diabetes," he says.

That's why he says taking early of your eyes regularly is key. "A good eye exam goes a long way," he says. Otherwise, he says, "You're simply depriving yourself of having good eyesight," he says.

Albany Eye Care is located on Old Dawson Road. Donations will be taken through next Thursday.

Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising campaign reaching out to the more than 200,000 optometrists around the world, and their nearly 325 million patients, to help alleviate bad vision.

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