Individuals Make Up Communities
Our organization strives to improve the lives of each individual that comes to us seeking sight, and we are proud to say that our services help to strengthen underserved communities one person at a time.
Each member of a community contributes to the overall health and strength of that community in one way or another.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as established by the United Nations in 2015, is a blueprint to a better world. Within that agenda, vision care is a crucial contributor to global well-being. Increased access to high-quality eyecare is a significant factor in poverty reduction, economic growth, and reducing gender and income inequalities.
By restoring sight to those in need and making eyecare more accessible to all, we are striving to achieve the following sustainable development goals:
Preventable blindness, as well as other visual impairments, even simple refractory error, can have a disastrous effect on an individual’s ability to work.
At a low-end estimate, productivity loss from vision impairment each year adds up to over $400 billion purchasing power parity globally. (Source: Lancet, 2021)
For many, reliable vision can be the difference between surviving and starving. Blindness can have a disastrous effect on an adult’s ability to earn a living. Without the independence and employment opportunities afforded by functional vision, many workers would be unable to maintain their livelihood.
Reliable vision is a staple of any individual’s health and well-being. Visual impairments can have far-reaching consequences, including loss of independence and employment opportunities,
Not only do these stress factors inevitably lead to negative consequences for an individual’s overall health, but they are also compounded by emerging threats to visual health, such as diabetic retinopathy and high myopia.
For children, the impact of visual impairment on education can have far-reaching consequences. Problems with vision can lead to symptoms of eye strain, including headaches, fatigue, and poor attention (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2018). Young learners rely heavily on their vision to succeed in school and any impairments thereof represent a significant disadvantage if not properly addressed.
In low-income and middle-income countries, individuals often work in environments that, long-term, consistently cause vision impairment.
Farmers, for example, have to spend so much time outdoors for their work that sun exposure will frequently result in cataracts. Due to lack of access to eyecare, cataracts in these individuals almost always reach advanced stages of development.
Those affected by preventable blindness are disproportionately of marginalized populations. Over 70% of these individuals are older than 50, 55% identify as women and girls, and over 90% live in low- and middle-income countries. Addressing the prevalence of vision impairment has a direct impact on the inequality these populations face.