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We're a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration of sight for those with limited access to vision care or who otherwise cannot afford it. Many components factor into an individual receiving accurate diagnosis and eye care. Shared Vision’s goal is to act as a link between the moving parts in a manner that dignifies all persons involved. We partner with optical retailers and wholesalers, as well as individuals, to find frames and lenses that will match a particular community’s needs. We collaborate with local and international aid organizations in order to have an accurate assessment of physical needs, cultural considerations and communication nuances. Finally, Shared Vision acts as the field agent, delivering and assisting in the eye exams and eyewear fittings, and participating in the interaction between physicians and clients receiving aid.
Shared Vision began as a conversation amongst four friends. Years of travel, local community development and non-profit involvement, and work in the optometry industry had increased our awareness of populations, both locally and abroad, who live with impaired vision. The lack of financial resources and access to optometric care results in thousands of individuals who suffer from minor sight impairment to preventable blindness. On the other side of the coin, we have found there are countless vision care professionals who desire to utilize their knowledge and resources in aid work, but who lack the time or opportunity to coordinate reaching the unreached. It was on a road trip to Colorado when everything came together, resulting in the idea for creating a bridge between needs and resources. The result was Shared Vision. We are pleased to ask you to join us in providing and aiding in the restoration of sight.
We are blessed to be surrounded by such great individuals and companies that are passionate to help improve the lives of others through Shared Vision. Several individuals and optometrists have donated their time and funds to help us move significantly forward. Shared Vision’s work would not be possible without the genuine support of our partners. In addition to the many generous individuals, we would like to thank the following companies who support us through funding, materials, and resources:
"Many of us take for granted the moment we receive clear vision; that moment, however, significantly influences our abilities, experiences, and the lens through which we live our lives."
After several years working in the optometric field, Austin's desire to be part of sight restoration on a grander scale is becoming a reality through Shared Vision. Bringing together eye care industry professionals with individuals who could benefit from delivered care, Austin uses his professional experience to bridge a gap between people and resources.
Tara is excited to reach outside of her home and community to partner with others, that they might accomplish together what each of them could not do on their own. Tara has an ongoing passion for people and relationships and combines this with her gifts in organization, writing and photography to serve Shared Vision.
Troy acts as a protector and promoter within the organization of Shared Vision – of mission, purpose, integrity and all matters legal. He values knowing all sides of a story, and his natural inclination is to be a voice for the unrepresented.
Travel, art, and opportunities for meeting different types of people are consistent passions for Chelsey. Her experience in non-profit work, and the considerations made in developing an organization that recognizes every individual's intrinsic value, makes Shared Vision a treasured opportunity.
Our hope is to provide new eyewear as much as we are able, standing on the foundations of dignity, excellence, and durability. We gratefully accept well-maintained corrective eyewear, but strive to provide new whenever possible.
Shared Vision participates in vision care through local outreach clinics and by vision care trips abroad. In every location we partner with local aid-organizations, non-profits, and individuals, to best serve that particular community. Monetary gifts are directed toward the purchase of frames and lenses that will be distributed to those in need, and will also help to cover the travel expenses of aid workers.
Do you live in or near Lincoln, NE and wish to volunteer? Please contact us for more information.
We would be unable to provide eyeglasses or vision care without the dedication and expertise of skilled optometrists. Optometrists donate their time and work alongside the Shared Vision team on vision trips to diagnose the health and impairment of eyes.
Shared Vision partners with aid organizations to provide vision exams and eye glasses on vision trips abroad. Upcoming trips for 2012 include Honduras and Haiti. Most recently, Shared Vision participated alongside a team from a local church and the Haitian Timoun Foundation to serve over 400 patients in remote villages as well as a home for disabled children. Read a story from the trip here.
There are numerous ways to participate in the changing of lives through Shared Vision. All donations are tax deductible.