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.

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 […]


Improving access to vision care through inclusive business models

Launched in 2013, Essilor’s inclusive business arm 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5 NVG) provides vision care to underserved populations where people do not have access to conventional distribution channels. Through inclusive business models such as Eye Mitra or Vision Ambassadors, 2.5 NVG is creating a sustainable ecosystem that is not only generating employment and alleviating poverty, […]


New partnership with Ministry of National Education in France to promote healthy vision for children

Over 200 doctors and school nurses joined experts from Essilor in Februrary for the launch of a pilot initiative between Vision for Life and the Paris Education Authority. It’s aim: to raise awareness about the importance of healthy vision at school and give practical support to medical professionals working within the national education system. School […]


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 […]


Helping 3,000 Sri Lankan orphans and tea growers to see clearly

Essilor Vision Foundation India has supported an eye care program targeting around 3,000 beneficiaries in Sri Lanka. We reached out to Regina Lau, a medical coordinator, who reported straight from the field about the moving experiences she went through during this mission.  Earlier this month 4 optometrists, 4 optometry students and three volunteers from Australia […]


Villagers in Laos moved by Essilor Vision Foundation’s latest mission

Essilor Vision Foundation headed to Laos for its second medical camp this year in collaboration with the NGO Humanitarian with Love. Over 2,000 people attended the camp for basic health screening activities and over 1,000 tested their vision. 700 of the people screened were equipped with a free pair of corrective spectacles and all 1,000 […]


Eye Mitra film wins 2016 tve Global Sustainability Film Award

The short-film Eye Mitra: Friends Of the Eyes, produced by Essilor’s inclusive business arm, 2.5 New Vision Generation, has won an award  in the category Transforming Society at the 2016 tve Global Sustainability Awards, held in London on Monday 28 November.  ‘Eye Mitra’ was one of two Essilor films shortlisted among over forty entries for being inspiring, high-quality films that drive home the message of sustainability. The film focuses […]


Calling all Vision Ambassadors in Brazil!

In Brazil almost 60% of the population – 119 million people – need vision correction but 30-40 million people are estimated to live without the correction they need.  The Vision Ambassador program, developed by Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision Generation inclusive business division, trains local women in Rio de Janeiro to become primary vision care providers […]

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