The Optical Foundation’s mission is to make eye care accessible to everyone in Ghana, especially children. This will be achieved through propelling the field of optometry in Ghana through comprehensive eye examinations, education and research programs, which will create a self-reliant eye health care framework which will be duplicated across all developing nations in Africa.
Make eye care accessible to everyone in Ghana, especially for children. We want to reach this by providing spectacles for children who need them and by referring children to an ophthalmologist or the eye clinic at the University of Cape Coast as the need arises.
Stimulate the local economy by buying the frames and lenses, as well as having the glasses prepared.
Ensuring the availability of enough equipment for the university for both the eye screening as well as educational purposes.
Stimulate local initiatives by allowing Ghanaian (student) optometrists to organise screenings in collaborating with the foundation “Tomorrow Stars” and the “World Eye Foundation.”
Provide Ghanaian optometry students of the University of Cape Coast with training to become eye specialist in their own country, by letting them perform eye tests under supervision at primary schools, orphanages and other communities.
Empowerment of women, to break the cycle of gender bias.
Train Ghanaian optometrists to become project leaders, with the ultimate goal of becoming self-sufficient.
Ensure lectures are giving and supervision is provided at the optometry clinic of the University of Cape Coast
Establish scientific research projects in Ghana.
Organise International professors to visit Ghana to give lectures aimed at inspiring and motivating (student) optometrists.
Help junior optometry teachers apply for travel grants to attend international conferences.
Expand the project to other regions in Ghana and eventually to other African countries, specifically with the assistance of locally trained.