Screens Off for Sight

 

On Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 6 p.m., join hundreds of Canadians once again and accept the Screens Off for Sight challenge and give your eyes a rest. Turn off your screens for 24 hours and fundraise for vision research supporting Fighting Blindness Canada.

You spend a lot of time looking at your screens. Computer, phone, gaming and television. Give your eyes a break. Challenge yourself and others to find things to do OFF your screen and raise funds for critical sight-saving research at the same time!

 
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Register Now & Create Your Own Fundraising Page

Go 24 hours without your screen and raise funds for vision research.

Our Sight Savers platform lets you easily register to create your own custom fundraising page and share the Screens Off for Sight Challenge.

Use your page to collect pledges for sight saving research.  Link to the page in your personal emails and then track and thank donors all in one place. PLUS, you could win prizes for your fundraising efforts!

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WHAT TO DO WITHOUT YOUR SCREEN?

 
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FAMILY GAME TOURNAMENT

Spend the day playing games with the family and find the champion! Friends and family can sponsor you per game or donate their encouragement.

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SPRING CLEANING

It's time for Spring cleaning.

Ask family and friends to "purchase" an hour of your time with a donation to wash their car, rake the yard, trim the hedges, prepare the garden or even paint the house!

READ

(or LISTEN to)

A BOOK

Dive into a comfy chair and a good book (or two). Ask for friends to sponsor you for every page read!

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DOG WALKING DAY

Spend the day outside with the neighbourhood dogs!

Offer your services to walk the dog - or clean the yard - and donate the fees to vision research.

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BE CREATIVE

  • Create a fundraising goal. Screens Off for 24 hours?  How about $2400! Ask for a pledge of  $1 or $10 an hour from each of your friends.

  • Pick up that book you've been wanting to read.

  • Find activities to do without your screen. Spring cleaning, play board games or cards, puzzles, walk the dog, create a bake sale or offer lawn services and donate the $$ to FBC, or work on that hobby you've been postponing.

turn off before bed

  • The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you should stop using electronic devices, like your cellphone, at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Instead, grab the book that's been tucked away in your nightstand and start reading before bed.

20/20/20 Rule

  • Your eyes aren’t designed to stare all day at something directly in front of you. With the 20/20/20 rule, you give your eyes a much-needed break during long work days.

  • If you look at the screen for 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. The longer you look away from your screen, though, the better!

JUST blink

  • Blink often!

  • People normally blink about 12 times a minute, but computer users tend to blink only about half  as often. This increases the chance of developing dry eye.

 

  • Remind yourself to blink more often and refresh your eyes periodically with lubricating eye drops.

challenge others

  • Talk to others about eye strain and challenge them to join you on March 19.

  • Can you do it? 24 hours without a screen?

  • Participate with friends and compete for bragging rights!

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Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is Canada’s leading private funder of vision research.

 

We offer hope to Canadians by identifying the best, most promising research that is driving treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases, and by raising and stewarding funds to support this essential, sight-saving research.

All of the research and educational initiatives we fund supports our goals of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored.

 
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