As part of the Essilor Group, we’re proud to support the group mission of improving life by improving sight, for everyone who needs it, wherever in the world they are.
There’s plenty of improvements to be made, too. Roughly 2.5 billion people out of the world’s population live with vision that requires correcting. That’s nearly 1/3 of all people living without full use of a key sense, either due to a lack of education about their eyesight or a lack of access to proper treatment. There’s also a need to respond to the ever-changing needs of the 2 billion people currently wearing glasses or contact lenses to make sure that the products they’re using are of the highest standard.
It’s also important to appreciate the need of everyone in the world to protect their vision. UV damage is a silent and often overlooked contributor to poor vision and even blindness. It’s therefore another vital part of our mission to help to educate about UV and provide solutions to protect people from potentially harmful rays.
With these goals in mind, the Essilor group endeavours to make a difference by reaching those who are most in need.
One such way that Essilor aims to make positive change is through Essilor Vision Foundation, who last month partnered up with Delfingen Foundation in the Philippines for their first joint screening event. As a part of one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, the Delfingen Foundation has committed to making vision checks and providing vision correction for all employees and their families. This inaugural screening event comes just a few months after the partnership was agreed and the program is set to be rolled out globally in 2018.
In the Ivory Coast, the latest initiative of Essilor’s giving program, Vision For Life, collaborated with the foundation of one of the country’s most famous music groups, Magic System. Together, they held a screening event for 300 schoolchildren. The students were tested before seeing an ophthalmologist and were given a free pair of glasses if it was found that they needed their vision corrected. For 90% of the children, it was the first time that they had been tested and with this being the case for millions of children in the Ivory Coast, it’s just the start of Vision For Life’s efforts in this country.
Vision For Life also continued their efforts in Africa with a screening event for children in Tunisia. This led to discussion with the Ministry of Health over a long-term campaign in schools. The campaign involves training for teachers to carry out basic eye checks, as well as the provision of affordable, high-quality glasses for low-income families.
You can keep up to date with programmes we support, including Essilor Vision Foundation and Vision For Life, by visiting Essilor's page.