Essilor is committed to see change for the 2.5 billion people in the world who are not yet equipped with the vision correction they need by developing new solutions and supporting philanthropic initiatives.
The Love to See Change campaign will support one of the following initiatives :
1 in 4 children are estimated to suffer from uncorrected poor vision and the long-term consequences it can have on education and self-confidence.
Yet research has proven that correcting vision in primary school students has a significant impact on test scores, in some cases the equivalent of a third to half year of additional schooling.
Essilor supports several non-profit organizations worldwide whose primary aim is to bring children’s lives into focus. Together, these organizations screened over half a million children in 2015 across 30 countries and equipped close to 200,000 of them with the eyeglasses they need to live life to its fullest.
But much more needs to be done collectively to reach the hundreds of millions of children worldwide who see life through a blurry lens.
That’s why these organizations are all proud partners of Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign to upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to more children in more locations.
The vast majority of the 2.5 billion individuals on this planet who suffer from uncorrected poor vision simply cannot access eye care professionals in the rural communities or urban areas where they live.
Essilor supports non-profit organizations in Asia, Latin America and Africa that recruit and train underemployed youth to become vision entrepreneurs in their local communities. These primary vision care workers offer basic vision screening, dispense reading and prescription eyeglasses and refer customers with potential eye illnesses to local hospitals.
The training programs run by these organizations have to date empowered over 2,000 underemployed people through vision skills-building and starter kits of basic equipment that enable them to set up their own small shops in full-time self-employment or to supplement their income with part-time vision care work in their local communities.
The impact of these training programs runs deep. They help to improve livelihoods through job creation and increased incomes, and to transform lives through the positive impact of clear vision on productivity and self-esteem.
Getting access to an eye test can be extremely challenging for many communities. Geographic location is one issue. And this is often also the root cause of a simple lack of awareness about eye health and the existing solutions. Would you travel for one whole day to get to the next township and lose the equivalent in wages if you didn’t even know that you had a vision problem?
For other people, the cost of conventional eye care can be a determining factor in deciding whether or not to take care of their own or their children’s eyes.
That’s why Essilor supports non-profit organizations and public hospitals in Asia, North America and Latin America that equip and run mobile refraction clinics that take vision care directly to the doorstep of those most in need. Each mobile clinic is able to provide eye exams and in many cases finished prescription glasses the same day.
Essilor estimates that over one million children and adults have been educated about vision health thanks to the 28 mobile vision health clinics that are to date operational.