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We are the first sunglass brand in the world to offer a One for One promise aimed at the albino community in Tanzania. For every sold pair we will provide a pair of sunglasses with full UV protection to albinos through the non-profit organisation Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS).
Besides providing sunglasses from our existing collection, we encourage you to send in frames no longer in use, which are often in perfect condition. These will be tested for maximum UV protection. As a thank you, you receive a 15% discount on your purchase.
“SUNGLASSES MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.”
Some of the biggest health threats facing people with albinism are sensitivity to light and the risk of developing skin cancer due to their lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. The inaccessibility and high cost of sun protection, including sunglasses, is a major concern. Without eye protection, this may eventually lead to cataract or even blindness. Sunglasses with UV400 lenses reduce this risk and as a result help clear their vision.
Our co-founder and creative director Christopher Hunt has just returned from a first visit to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“It’s hard to grip the scale of discrimination people with albinism face on a daily basis. This includes both physical as well as psychological damage,” Christopher Hunt says and continues.
“Although it’s just one of many issues they face, sunglasses, makes a huge difference to their quality of life. As a way of recycling and finding a new life for sunglasses just laying around in people’s drawers, we would love to be able to provide them to this extremely stigmatised community. Throughout launching Oh My Eyes this has been one of our long term goals, now it’s finally a reality.”
Established in 1978, TAS is currently representing about 16000 children and adults with albinism across Tanzania. TAS works to advance human rights for people with albinism who experience discrimination from society on a daily basis.