As the festive season is truly upon us, I find myself surrounded by Christmas cheer. From chocolates to mince pies, ginger bread lattes and Christmas carols in between last-minute shopping for the perfect gifts, it is the time to indulge in the joys of Christmas.
For many it will be a welcome break from work as they travel to spend time with their families and loved ones over the next few weeks as presents will be exchanged and Christmas films will be watched.
While the festivities take place, people start to think of New Year’s resolutions. Some will vow to sign up to the gym, while others will embark on a new hobby, then there will be those with loftier goals of helping and improving the lives of those around them.
When I think of giving back, I am reminded by the many stories in OT this year from across the profession of the work that is being done around the world to improve vision. From optometry students to practices — the commitment to making a difference is truly inspiring.
Stories that spring to mind include, Sightsavers who have just confirmed that they have reached their goal of performing one million cataract operations on adults and children across Africa and Asia through its Million Miracles campaign. SeeAbility raised £56,000 this year through it’s Big Give Christmas Challenge and RNIB recently recognised those who have made contributions to eye health and sight loss at the 2017 Vision Pioneer Awards.
As we move closer to the new year, it’s important to celebrate the inspiring work that has been carried in optics and to take this forward with us into infinity and beyond, long after the tinsel has been taken down.