NEW YORK—The week of March 17–23, 2024 was World Optometry Week, culminating in World Optometry Day on March 23. With the theme “Advancing Optometry’s Commitment to Global Eye Care,” World Optometry Day aims to shine an annual spotlight on the profession of optometry and the contribution of optometrists worldwide to increasing access to eye health care as a human right, as reported in VMAIL. This week, we’re recapping how some independent optometrists across the country celebrated their profession’s special day.

Tommasina Sideris, OD, of Eyes on Litchfield in Litchfield, Conn., celebrated her 26-year career as an optometrist, with many more ahead. Image via eyesonlitchfield on Instagram

Denise Gamboa, OD, who practices in California, celebrated the role optometrists have in health care and encouraged followers to book their annual eye exam. Image via sewingoptometrist on Instagram

The team at Delta Eye Care in Allen, Texas, paid homage to Kimmy Kirscht, OD. Image via deltaeyecaretx on Instagram

A Matter of Sight in Chicago marked World Optometry Day with a bright, fun graphic that showcases optometrists’ scope of work. Image via amatterofsight on Instagram

Jaclyn Chang, OD, who practices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, took the opportunity to thank her patients on World Optometry Day. Image via dr.jaclyn on Instagram

In Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, the Precious Eyes team celebrated founder Jasmine Ghotra BSc, OD. Image via preciouseyesoptometry on Instagram