They say eyes are the window to the soul and sadly approximately 80% of all vision impairment globally is considered avoidable (World Health Organisation) or could be treated or cured by known, cost effective means.
The burden of vision impairment affects negatively on individuals quality of life, social wellbeing, and can affect their confidence, dignity, independence and respect. In developing countries in particular, it can deprive individuals of an education and other opportunities making it harder to escape poverty. Whole families are affected as often a child has to stay home from school to care for the family member.
The gift of sight can make a huge difference in people’s lives allowing them to live a full and rewarding life.
Vision initiatives we support:
Access to high quality low cost eye vision care. Distributed over 8.7 million pairs of eyeglasses and generated US$1.8bn in Economic Impact. Eyeglasses dramatically improve productivity and quality of life for the poor, not only for the wearer but also for their families. Funded since 2010.