Optix chooses SeeAbilty for a funding boost

Practice management software company hopes to raise thousands for the charity at its annual business conference in March

Sight test

Optix Software has announced that SeeAbility is its chosen charity to support this year at its annual business conference for practitioners that is returning to Celtic Manor, Newport (13–15 March).

The York practice management software company hopes to raise thousands of pounds for SeeAbility during the event.

The charity already uses Optix Enterprise software to support its Children in Focus campaign. The company donates its software for the campaign which sight tests children with learning disabilities in special schools.

During the second Optix conference at Celtic Manor, SeeAbility will benefit from an appeal after the gala dinner on 14 March. The campaign’s clinical lead, Lisa Donaldson, will give a 15-minute presentation on the charity’s work and will explain the benefits of the company’s support.

Ms Donaldson said: “Optix has completely transformed how we work. As a team of optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians all working from different school sites not located near our central office, Optix has provided us with a desperately needed central reference.”

She added: “We now have the data on the children we sight test at our fingertips, and are able to generate clinical reports and referrals efficiently and securely, while keeping track of spectacles orders and clinical communications.”

The charity appeal at the Optix conference last year raised £6444 for Vision Care for Homeless People. With an increase of over 30% in delegates for 2017, Optix managing director, Trevor Rowley, is predicting that even more money will be raised.

“Our software users were incredibly generous and I have no doubt they will rise to the challenge again,” Mr Rowley told OT.

The company’s support of SeeAbility has gone beyond the donation of software. Last year, 22 Optix staff and their partners competed in the Tough Mudder obstacle course challenge, raising £1565 for the sight loss and multiple disability charity.