Regular Clinics in Remote Communities


During his nearly three decades in practice, Cape Town optometrist Keith Reid has participated in numerous clinics for the underprivileged run by the Optometric Association. In 2007 he took his community social responsibility a step further by securing sponsorship from Ebony Optical and Hoya Hill Optics, which enabled him to provide a week of free clinics to rural communities in the Northern Cape.

After falling in love with the Kalahari and visiting the area many times on holiday, he got to know some of its people, who live in small, scattered settlements hundreds of kilometres from a major town, often far from even the most basic clinic. It is an area where there’s no industry and a tragically high rate of unemployment. Having derived much joy from the area, he decided to do something to help its people.

Eye Care for Underprivileged Communities

In 2006 he discovered that there had been no eye clinics in much of the area for nearly a decade. His involvement in clinics for underprivileged communities on the Cape Flats had taught him only too well what a difference free eye care could make to people’s lives. So he and his writer wife Roxanne decided to bring free eye care to the Kalahari.

From this small beginning grew the concept of regular clinics to remote communities, with donations from individuals and sponsorship from companies looking to invest in social responsibility projects. And that’s how Reach4Sight was born. ‘There are so many people who can’t afford eye care and I feel a social responsibility to help them,’ says Reid.


Since April 2007 Reach4Sight has examined more than 7500 adults and children and supplied more than 1300 pairs of free spectacles. For more about these clinics, click on the links below or go to the Press Gallery.



1 October 2014, Botshabelo, Free State
2 May 2013, Darling, Western Cape
3 September 2011, Masiphumelele
4 September 2011, Harankopane, Qwa-Qwa
5 April 2011, Namaqualand
6 October 2010, Delft
7 July 2010 Huntingdon
8 July 2010 Phuthaditjhaba
9 Sep-Dec 2009: Greater Cape Town
10 June 2009: Cacadu District, Eastern Cape
11 May 2009: Thornhill, Eastern Cape
12 March 2009: Thornhill, Eastern Cape
13 September 2008: Richtersveld Community Conservancy
14 June 2008: Eksteenfontein and Kuboes, Northern Cape
15 May 2008: Elim, Southern Cape
16 April 2008: Kalahari, Northern Cape
17 April 2007: Kalahari, Northern Cape


Previous sponsors

Basic Optical

Carl Zeiss Vision
Ebony Optical

Optic Trade Links

Trans Hex Group

Welch Allyn

Lee Daniels