What We Do

SEE

We aim to shine a light on the public health issue that poor vision represents for one-third of the world’s population

CHANGE

We create and deploy solutions to improve access to healthy vision for underserved communities worldwide.

VISION MATTERS

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education
READING &
ACADEMIC SUCCESS
earning-power
EMPLOYABILITY &
EARNING POWER
personal-safety
PERSONAL, WORK &
ROAD SAFETY

Impaired vision is the most common disability in the world, yet its impact on society is largely unrecognised. Seeing well improves everything – from being able to read and doing well in school to employability and personal well-being. Want to know more? Explore comprehensive data on vision economics at Vision Impact Institute.

GOOD VISION IS THE RIGHT OF ALL

One-third of the global population is prevented from accessing vision care because of where they live, what they believe or what they can afford. Many do not even realise they are disadvantaged. They are affected by:

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION live in remote areas
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
They live in rural or remote areas
IDEOLOGICAL ISOLATION for example, they believe vision aids weaken the eyes
IDEOLOGICAL ISOLATION
For example, they believe eyeglasses weaken the eyes
ECONOMIC ISOLATION don't have the money for conventional vision care
ECONOMIC ISOLATION
They can’t afford conventional vision care

 

TO SEE WELL,

WE NEED TO SEE CHANGE


Faced with the largely unrecognised global vision crisis, Essilor has launched and scaled up several inclusive business and non-profit initiatives over the past 4 years to reduce the number of people suffering from uncorrected poor vision.

OUR GLOBAL INITIATIVES TO SEE CHANGE
Inclusive Business

2.5 New Vision Generation
Our inclusive business division – 2.5 New Vision Generation (NVG) – looks at business through a different lens. This for-profit division is responsible for deploying and scaling up the most viable inclusive business models that provide access to vision care for low-income consumers in under-served regions. 2.5 NVG products are now distributed in over 25+ countries across all continents.

2.5 NVG is supported by Essilor’s BoP Innovation Lab which incubates inclusive business models and forms strategic partnerships across the public, private and non-profit sectors to accelerate access to vision care for the underserved.

Strategic Giving

The Essilor Vision Foundation, which started life in the U.S. in 2008, has since expanded to India, China, Canada and Asia-Pacific. Its outreach programs aim to bring healthy vision to the most marginalized populations throughout the world, focusing in particular on children and women.

The Vision For Life fund was created by Essilor in 2015, with the largest corporate commitment to eliminating poor vision (30 million Euros). Vision For Life finances, monitors and measures the social impact of initiatives that combat the global challenge of poor vision by improving access to vision screening and correction.

Awareness

The mission of the Vision Impact Institute (VII) is to raise awareness about the importance of healthy vision, including the socio-economic impact of Uncorrected Refractive Errors (URE) and quality of life benefits of visual correction.

Founded by Essilor in 2013 as a nonprofit association, the Institute curates and communicates pertinent scientific data and works with vision advocacy groups to drive policy change.

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