See Change is our vision. Is it yours?

At Essilor we believe that everyone has the right to healthy vision. But a staggering 2.5 billion people still do not have the vision correction they need. Our See Change platform celebrates the Essilor people and partners who are bringing positive change to the lives of millions through direct actions that bridge the gap.

What We Do

Along with our partners we focus on 3 main areas of action that have enabled us to equip close to 3 million underserved people with eyeglasses since 2013.
     

RestoringVision: giving the gift of sight

For many people who can’t see clearly, a simple pair of reading glasses can make all the difference. We take a look at the work of RestoringVision, a non-profit organization and partner with Essilor company FGX, which has delivered over 6 million new reading glasses and sunglasses to people in need worldwide.  Mark Sachs founded […]

     

Tackling the national health crisis in China

Close to 500 million people over the age of 5 have an uncorrected visual defect in China, among whom 450 million have myopia. By 2020, nearly 700 million Chinese people will be myopic if we don’t act now. Essilor Vision Foundation is one of the organizations tackling this national health crisis through its flagship programs […]

     

How one Indian partner is expanding access to vision care

The challenge of expanding vision care in developing countries requires investment, infrastructure and new approaches to delivery. Drishti, a social impact enterprise providing affordable eye care in underserved areas of Karnataka, south west India, has partnered with Essilor to improve access to visual health services for low income consumers. We spoke to Kiran Anandampillai, founder of Drishti […]

     

Shining a light on importance of vision care in Africa

For developing nations, eye care is a vital step towards improving education and economic growth. Yet vision still remains low on the list of healthcare priorities for many countries. Two recent initiatives in Africa led by Vision For Life, Essilor’s strategic giving fund, have helped over 2,000 people to see clearly and are part of a long-term objective to bring […]

     

Taking a stand for better vision on India’s roads

India’s continual and unpredictable traffic causes 10% of the annual global road accidents and approximately 400 deaths each day. It is also one of the countries in the world which lacks the appropriate visual acuity tests that should be required to obtain a driving license. The Vision Impact Institute and Essilor Vision Foundation are working hard to change […]

     

Innovating to develop new solutions that will help to test vision in underserved regions

Essilor launched its open innovation See Change Challenge in 2016 to help improve access to vision care in underserved populations drawing on the collective intelligence of solution providers from diverse backgrounds. From a range of  impressive proposals, we’ve selected three finalists who have been invited to produce a prototype of their innovative refractive solution. Over […]

     

Meeting Vision Ambassadors in Timor Island, Indonesia

Even with the accolade of  “paradise on earth” Timor Island in Indonesia is just one of the many remote locations of the world that suffer from a lack of primary vision care providers. We met four locals who recently joined our Vision Ambassador program to help provide basic eye care to people living in underserved areas. Yohanna La’a, Maria […]

     

Making a difference for children in Nairobi

Last month Vision for Life, Essilor’s strategic giving fund, supported its first project in Kenya and agreed on a long-term partnership with the local Lions Club to bring good vision to children living in a nation where 8 million people cannot see clearly. Kenya is the fastest growing economy in Eastern Africa and the World Bank’s most […]

     

Essilor at the foot of the Everest to support Vision Aid Overseas

Last month Mat and Iwona, two of our Essilor UK employees, showed just how committed they are to the Group’s mission of improving lives by improving sight by combining their personal dream with fundraising for UK-based charity Vision Aid Overseas.  In December 2016, a husband and wife from Essilor UK had a very different Christmas holiday break. Whilst […]

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