TYLER, TX (KLTV) - What if your donation of $1 could help restore sight to impoverished people?
If you visit a Tyler optometry practice, that can happen. Dr. Neshia Rudd, optometrist and owner of Today's Vision in Tyler, and Tyler resident Lewis Swann, executive director of non-profit ministry Believe & See, have created a partnership to help people in Tyler to restore the sight of blind people in Togo, West Africa. The program is called "You See, They See," and it will kick off on World Sight Day, on Thursday, October 9.
Swann has been serving the poor of West Africa since 2009. After 3 years aboard the medical ship, Africa Mercy, Lewis discovered that 25,000 rural villagers in the nation of Togo are blind due to cataracts. Lewis decided to remain in Togo to evangelize and help provide for those in desperate need of ophthalmic care.
Dr. Rudd says that for every eye exam she performs, $1 will be donated to the program. She will also encourage patients to donate $1 or any amount they wish to the program, too. The funds will be used to perform cataract removal surgeries, which will restore sight to many people in that country.
Believe & See performed 531 eye surgeries in the ministry's first two years of existence, and is able to perform these surgeries at a cost of $95 each. Dr. Rudd and Mr. Swann believe that 25-50 people will receive the gift of sight as a result of donations in this "You See, They See" program the first year.
Dr. Rudd and Mr. Swann hope to bring other optometry offices on board with the "You See, They See" program to underwrite the cost of sight-giving eye surgeries for even more people in Togo, as well.
For more information, call 903-534-8349 or visit the website here.