Sarah Bondzie: Changing the Optometry Game
BBC: Today, we are excited to interview Sarah Bondzie of Bonne Vue. Share with our audience, how Bonne Vue got started.
SB: I come from a family of medical professionals, so I always knew I would somehow or someway be drawn to something familiar in that realm. I was originally in nursing, and it didn't fulfill that joy I normally have for the things I loved. So I started researching more about neuroscience and found my way in optometry. It honestly wasn't until I got myself in the field to than realize the admiration I had for the eyes. I had to sit down, get focused, and see what made me, me. The things I've accumulated were; I work in the field of optometry, I have over what seems likes twenty pairs of sunglasses, and I love herbal medicine. There's a quote that always stuck to me by Rumi (one of my favorite poets), and it says, if you wish to be a mine of jewels, open the deep ocean within your heart.
BBC: Taking care of our eyes is something we definitely take for granted. What does Bonne Vue offer?
SB: BVE capsules are natural minerals and vitamins which help to replenish, nourish, and brighten the eyes in one capsule or chewable. Our focus lies primarily on nature's playground with ingredients like goji berries, green tea, mango, riboflavin, lutein, and flax seeds all containing the key components necessary for healthier eyes. Our vision is to reduce the risk of getting eye diseases and experiencing any AMD-related vision loss. At times it
may be difficult obtaining all the nutrients necessary for healthy vision; with BVE, we've done the work for you in one capsule. If your eyes are affected by any of the following activities, BVE capsules are the perfect supplements for you.
Reading for long periods of time.
Driving long distances.
Working on a computer.
Driving at night.
Contact lens wearer.
Dry and itchy eyes.
BBC: What motivated you to create your own supplement?
SB: Nowadays, it's a sin to look just any type of way in America. From social media to billboards, college parties, you name it. As women and men, our presentation is our identity. There are billions of beauty products, colognes, and designer labels to mask our natural inner and outer radiance. It made me ponder on what am I promoting in regards to the truth? I didn't want to produce a product that covered up any aspect of that nor the next person.
BVE capsules are so special because it's more than just giving a consumer the necessary vitamins vital for eye health, but it's a silent whisper of "take care." With each Bonne Vue bottle purchased, 7 out of your 47 capsules will go to an individual in an underprivileged area that doesn't have access to vision care.
Just with those seven capsules alone, you've provided a week's worth of eye vitamins to someone who brutally needs it. 80% of vision impairment is preventable or curable. This is a global movement. Each customer will take part in and let one know from wherever they are in the world, "take care."
You would be amazed to know that currently, more than a billion people worldwide need
eyeglasses but don't have any way to get them. It's been challenging to get a population of people to address this matter on a global aspect truly. Vision impairment seems so small, but poor vision is the world's largest unaddressed disability. A country by the name of Gambia has only one optometrist for every 2 million people. This has seriously created problems in the workforce, school, and community. 60% of learning disabilities have been associated with myopia, and the truth of the matter is the whole world is designed for the sighted. We have to start somewhere. Some of the locations will be providing BVE capsules are Haiti, Ghana, Gambia, Bali, & Nigeria.
BBC: What a great way to give back to under-resourced communities. What are you most proud of in your business?
SB: Our BVE capsules are 100% natural and vegan. I am so proud to be a part of the pharmaceutical business, but in an aspect where I can do better good than better harm. I am so grateful to see where this will lead me and the benefits it will provide globally.
BBC: How can our reader's keep up with you if they want to learn more about your mission and BVE supplments?
SB: BVE Capsules Will Launch In January 2020. Keep up with the latest news via Bonne Vue's Instagram.
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