TOMS Sight Giving: The Importance of Medical Treatment

October 22, 2013 by TOMS

When describing TOMS Sight Giving, we often share the transformative moments: when someone sees his/her grandchildren for the first time in years after a sight-restoring surgery, or when the chalkboard in a classroom is suddenly clear with a new pair of glasses. But the third One for One component of TOMS Sight Giving is equally important. TOMS Eyewear purchases also support medical treatment, an incredibly important service that not only restores sight, but can also help a patient avoid needing more serious treatments, like surgery, down the line.

If you’re unfamiliar with how the One for One promise extends to TOMS Eyewear, we’ll catch you up to speed real quickly: When you pick up a pair of our sunglasses for yourself, you’re allowing for TOMS to support our Giving Partners in saving or restoring sight to a person in need. Depending on the condition and medical needs of that person, the delivery of One for One can differ. We think this diagram lays it out best…


Across the globe, TOMS Eyewear purchases help partners treat medical conditions like:

  • Conjunctivitis: an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye. Infectious conjunctivitis causes redness, tearing, discharge and discomfort.
  • Corneal ulcer: an inflammatory or infectious condition of the cornea, the transparent front of the eye. Corneal ulcers are common in agricultural communities. This work can cause eye trauma that may result in corneal ulcers, infection and, if not treated, blindness.
  • Glaucoma: causes more than 12 percent of global blindness. Glaucoma is an eye disease where an increase of fluid pressure in the eye progressively destroys the optic nerve. Medication can stop the pressure build-up and progression of the disease, which if left untreated, causes reduction in the field of vision that can lead to blindness.
  • Trachoma: an infectious disease that, if left untreated, can cause the eyelid to turn inward and corneal scarring, resulting in blindness. It is most commonly seen in areas with poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water. Trachoma is responsible for 3 percent of global blindness.