Preparations underway for Optoversity Challenge

The student fundraising event will take place online on 27 February, with No7 Contact Lenses as headline sponsor


The inter-university competition, Optoversity Challenge, will be returning as a virtual event on 27 February.

The Out of the Box Optics event enables optometry students to pit their knowledge against peers across the country, whilst raising money for Vision Care for Homeless People.

University teams will compete in categories of first, second and third-year students. The students will be quizzed on a broad range of questions, and with No7 Contact Lenses as headline sponsor, specialist lenses are set to play a key role in the topics covered.

Commenting on the company’s role as headline sponsor, Katie Harrop, No7 professional services director, shared: “We are committed to practitioner education.”

“Optoversity Challenge is a great chance for students to learn, do good and have some fun,” Harrop continued. “At No7, we appreciate the importance of supporting future generations of eye care practitioners; in fact, we have launched a website to do just that.”

Organisations supporting the event include the AOP and the College of Optometrists. Businesses include Alcon, Booth & Bruce, Haag Streit, Heine, Ibis Vision, Keeler, Lenstec, Millmead, Norville, Scope, Theapharma, Tokai, and Wolf Eyewear.

Adding a personal reflection, Harrop shared: “As I volunteer for the charity, I didn’t hesitate to put No7 forward as a sponsor. It’s such a worthy cause and Optoversity Challenge is great fun.”

The event organisers are encouraging other optical businesses interested in supporting the event to get in touch.