THAT UNCORRECTED POOR VISION IS THE
WORLD’S LARGEST UNADDRESSED DISABILITY?
GOOD VISION IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT
Seeing well improves everything in life, from an individual’s health, education and work opportunities, to the sustainable development of local communities and economies.
NOW THAT I CAN SEE CLEARLY I WILL STUDY EVEN HARDER
“I want to become a teacher. Now that i can see clearly i will study even harder to realize my dream.”
– Zhuoma a schoolgirl from Qinghai province, china who received her first pair of glasses in may 2016
NOW I CAN MOVE INDEPENDENTLY AND FEEL SAFE
“I used to often fall down the stairs but never realized it was because I couldn’t see properly. At a vision camp they checked my eyes and provided me with a free pair of glasses. Now, can move independently and feel safe, I am very thankful for this.”
– A village elder in Mandalay, Myanmar, at a follow-up screening
I CAN NOW WORK WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS
“Because I had to concentrate so much when threading the needle, I felt so much pain in my eyes. I couldn’t even thread a needle anymore. The help I received from 2.5 NVG was good for me, I can now work without any problems.”
– Rosalie Sehi, Hat Maker, Ivory Coast, bought her first pair of glasses from Vision Ambassador Elise.
WITH MY EYE MITRA SHOP I HAVE MY OWN IDENTITY
“I had a dream since school that I had to do something of note. First I was a daughter, then a wife and mother. With my Eye Mitra shop now I have my own identity and some standing in my family. I want to make this business grow.”
– Jayshree Dhayban, Eye Mitra in Pune, India
IN MY JOB, SEEING 100% CLEARLY IS FUNDAMENTAL
“I started struggling to see things up close, everything was blurry. It was not good. In my job, seeing 100% is fundamental, not only for my own safety, but the safety of everybody on the roads.”
– Bruno Souza, Professional Driver, Brazil
We empower individuals to bring positive change to their communities through developing skills and creating jobs and infrastructure. We recognize that women have a crucial contribution to make. We adapt our business models to each local context, and evaluate their impact in order to accelerate and scale-up our efforts.
We want to ensure that vision care reaches communities most in need. Our programs focus on improving lives and long-term social impact through awareness-raising, free eye exams, lenses and frames donations and funding for local vision care programs.
RESEARCH ADVOCACY AWARENESS
Lack of awareness is a critical barrier for the 2.7 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision. Most have lived with visual impairment all their lives and don’t know that solutions exist. We ensure that vision care has the attention it deserves and people understand the quality of life benefits of healthy vision.