Category: Help People See

Vision Health is the Key to Ending Poverty in All its Forms

Author: Pelin Munis, Ph.D., Executive Director, RestoringVision

“In a world built on the ability to see, vision, the most dominant of our senses, is vital at every turn of our lives.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Restoring someone’s sight is the single most cost-effective health intervention to reduce poverty.

These simple facts, brought to light by the World Health Organization, are a revelation for many, and is what motivates RestoringVision to work tirelessly for equitable access to clear sight. This fact is a rallying cry and call to action for new and existing philanthropic partners to invest in our work that needs to be done to scale to reach those living on less than $2 a day who lack equitable access to the vision services they need to thrive.

RestoringVision has the program pipeline to reach as many as 7 million people annually, and now we seek the funding to make clear vision a reality for millions of people worldwide, directly contributing to ending poverty. As we expand our team and accelerate our growth to transform even more lives with clear vision every year, we are excited about where we are headed and all that we will accomplish together with our generous donors and partners.

In a world where over 1 billion people have vision impairments correctable with glasses, yet do not have them, and 81% of these vision impairments could be corrected with reading glasses, RestoringVision is fiercely committed to solving this issue. We are creating a roadmap to the solution: increased, sustainable access to vision care and eyeglasses for people living in poverty worldwide, which advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #1: Ending Poverty in All its Forms.

Rates of poverty have increased at historical levels across the globe due to the pandemic and are now further exacerbated by the impacts of global unrest caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a result, our work and the demand for our programs have increased significantly over the last two years. We know that the ability to see clearly is a necessary condition for sustained livelihoods, increased productivity, and extended earning years. With clear vision, one has a better chance of creating a pathway out of poverty due to productivity gains and workforce longevity.

A fisherman in Guatemala recently struggled to tie fishing nets – because he struggled to see clearly. Not only did fishing provide income for his household, but it also provided the food for their family dinners. An old pair of eyeglasses he owned previously were broken, and without access to a new pair, he struggled to work each day. That is, until he received a new pair of glasses through RestoringVision’s programs. Every pair of glasses has an impact with infinite ripple effects.

Approximately 90% of the world’s vision-impaired live in developing countries, and as this fisherman’s story demonstrates, access to eyeglasses is critical to increasing a person’s ability to earn an income. By serving at the intersection of global health, education, and economic development, RestoringVision is providing impoverished communities worldwide with vision programs and glasses, empowering people with clear sight, renewed vision health, and increased earning potential, directly contributing to ending poverty. Without vision health interventions, deterioration in vision will only decrease productivity and earning potential – further exacerbating the effects of poverty.

Research shows that when an adult worker’s vision is restored with corrective eyeglasses, there is an increase in their productivity by up to 32%. This can be correlated to an increase in income by up to 20%. For an individual earning $2 per day, this equates to an increase in earning potential of $140 annually at the household level.

In 2021, through RestoringVision’s programs, 1,930,363 adults received corrective glasses, which correlates to an additional $270,250,820 in earning potential at the household level. The WHO World Report on Vision states: “The cost gap for vision impairment or blindness that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed is an additional $14.3 billion US dollars.”

By advancing vision solutions, we can solve one of the biggest global health problems of our time and remove barriers to success for people across the globe. RestoringVision is dedicated to empowering lives with clear vision and we are dedicated to ending poverty for all.

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Raising Awareness of the Global Importance of Protective Eyewear this National Sunglasses Day on June 27

Dr. Edgar Medina, MD, MPH, knows firsthand the important role that protective sunglasses play in supporting healthy eyes worldwide, and that is why he is working passionately to ensure that more people have access to the protection and prevention that sunglasses provide.

As Executive Director of MSH Peru, Dr. Medina implements projects serving vulnerable and impoverished populations in Peru. This country has one of the highest UV indexes in the world, reaching 20 points, which is the highest rate in the world in terms of solar radiation indexes.

“There is a lack of information and awareness in Peru of the damage caused by exposure to UV radiation, and while many people have sunglasses, many pairs typically do not have the filter needed to protect from exposure to the UV index,” Dr. Medina said. “Because of that lack of information and awareness, and the fact that Peru has the highest amount of exposure to solar radiation in the world, we find it is important to create a prevention culture among the vulnerable populations of Peru about protective sunglasses, and also we need to create awareness in the sense that sunglasses are not just a fashion product but a means to protect eye health.”

As National Sunglasses Day approaches on June 27, RestoringVision is raising awareness and taking action locally and globally, providing support where it’s needed most by providing protective sunglasses where the UV index is high and access is very limited. Together, MSH Peru and RestoringVision lead the Solar Radiation Prevention Program, PPDRS. The program aims to raise awareness about the risks of exposure to solar radiation by promoting a culture of protection, including the delivery of “Solidarity Kits” that will consist of sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen, and a hat in support of the public policy issued by the Health Ministry of Peru and oriented to protect against the harmful effects of solar radiation in Peru.

A government mandate in Peru establishes preventive measures against harmful health effects due to prolonged exposure to solar radiation; RestoringVision and MSH Peru have partnered to provide the most vulnerable populations with the information and the tools they need to protect themselves.

Sunglasses with UV protection are not only essential to preserve the health of the eyes, but these are also important to prevent and reduce the risks of suffering from other vision problems that result from exposure to solar radiation such as cataracts, pterygium, photo conjunctivitis, and photokeratitis.

“Through the work of prevention and promoting awareness of the damage caused by solar radiation, we will reduce the expenses of health care by preventing ocular health issues created by the highest UV index,” Dr. Medina said. “It is well known that Peru has a few ophthalmologists, and most of them are located in the urban areas and the regions’ capitals. And by implementing this program we will contribute to the public health improvement through a risk reduction in ocular health.”

In 2021, RestoringVision provided 311,483 adults living in poverty with protective sunglasses to safeguard their vision against harmful UV rays and 47,565 children with sunglasses to protect their young eyes. This work resulted in a grand total of 359,048 people who now have access to the protective sunglasses they need, as they live in remote regions around the world with some of the highest UV indexes. Sunglasses effectively protect the eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays that can cause cataracts and thus serve as an effective tool for maintaining healthy, clear vision.

MSH-Peru was founded in 2014 as a Management Sciences for Health, Inc. subsidiary committed to improving public health and developing the poorest and most vulnerable population in Peru.

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The Delta Gamma Foundation Awards Service for Sight Grant to RestoringVision

The Delta Gamma Foundation is continuing its support for clear vision in impoverished communities, awarding a Service for Sight grant to RestoringVision for the second year in a row.

As poverty rates continue to rise, Delta Gamma’s support will help us reach low and very-low-income people living across underserved communities in the U.S. These are individuals living 300% below the Federal Poverty line, those who are underinsured and uninsured.  This grant provides support for RestoringVision’s U.S. program.

“We are thrilled and proud to have been awarded a second grant from such a prestigious foundation to support our domestic work,” said Aminah Yoba, Senior Director of Development, RestoringVision.  “We look forward to growing with the Delta Gamma Foundation in the years to come to ensure those who need access to vision services and glasses in the U.S. have them.”

The Delta Gamma Foundation has prioritized eye health for more than 85 years. Funding from the foundation will support our program to provide basic vision screenings and reading glasses for people living in poverty at no cost to the beneficiary.

The Delta Gamma Foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight, and partners with the Fraternity to ensure the future of its sisterhood. Its dedicated members and friends make this mission possible through philanthropy, service and generous gifts to the Foundation which support its three key areas of support: Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Service for Sight.

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Meet RestoringVision’s New Senior Director of Global Programs and Operations: Paul Case

Join us in welcoming Paul Case, who joined our team as Senior Director of Global Programs and Operations. Paul brings a wealth of experience from the optical nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as he previously served as Head of Programming at nonprofit OneSight, Regional Director of Operations at Luxottica, and more recently as Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Walmart Health and Wellness.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RestoringVision thus far?

Paul: I enjoy working with RestoringVision’s network of more than 2500 partners around the world that are committed to ensuring that people living in under-served communities have access to clear vision! I also enjoy leading a team of passionate leaders that are committed to creating a measurable impact on eliminating the vision care crisis!

Why is this work important to you personally?

Paul: In my career, I have had the opportunity to travel to some of the most under-served communities around the world and have personally seen the impact that not being able to see clearly can have on the ability of someone to live a productive life. Imagine not being able to see while living in an impoverished community and having to earn a living to take care of your family. This is unacceptable to me and at RestoringVision, we are committed to creating equitable access to clear vision for all.

Who inspires you most in your life and why?

Paul: I am personally inspired by working with individuals who are passionate about the work they do, and who at the same time are able to strategically execute a plan that has a measurable impact. I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the top leaders in the eye health sector over the years, and this has not only helped me to become a better leader, but also a better human being!

What are you most looking forward to in your role at RestoringVision?

Paul: I am most looking forward to hearing from individuals we have helped and how being able to see clearly has improved the quality of their lives! Working in the non-profit sector can be very challenging at times. The workload can be very high and stressful, but what makes it rewarding is hearing a story from a beneficiary of clear vision!

What do you do in your free time when you’re not solving the global vision crisis?

Paul: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and my two Chihuahuas!  I also come from a very fitness-oriented family and enjoy bootcamp workouts, Crossfit, triathlons, hiking, and all sports! I am also a fan of motivational movies and classic 80’s movies!

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Meet RestoringVision’s New Sr. Communications and Marketing Manager: Stephanie Godward

Stephanie Godward joined RestoringVision in April 2022 as the organization’s Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing. Stephanie has more than a decade of experience as a communications leader for nonprofit organizations, including most recently The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania, where she has successfully managed public relations, statewide advertising campaigns, and more while writing for various platforms and audiences. Stephanie also has extensive experience in storytelling, social media management, blog writing, event planning, fundraising, and developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies.

Stephanie Godward Senior Manager of Communications RestoringVisionWhat do you enjoy most about your work at RestoringVision thus far?

Stephanie: I love the passion and commitment that our team has in working together to empower millions of lives every year by restoring vision. Together, we are fiercely committed to providing clear vision for people living on less than $2 a day worldwide, and it is an honor to be a member of that team. It is incredibly rewarding to support RestoringVision’s mission and I love that we are laser-focused on the issue of creating equitable access to glasses and vision programs worldwide, which has infinite ripple effects in terms of its impacts on individuals and the global economy.

Why is this work important to you personally?

Stephanie: When I first discovered RestoringVision’s work, I immediately connected with its mission to empower lives by restoring vision for millions of people in need because I imagined what life would be like if I did not have access to eyeglasses. I have been wearing them since first grade when the chalkboard at school became too blurry for me to see clearly, and as a writer today, I would not be able to do my job without them. Working to increase access to vision services and eyeglasses changes lives, improves vision health, and increases earning potential. I know from personal experience just how important a pair of eyeglasses can be to live life fully and successfully.

Who inspires you most and why?

Stephanie: My mom is an inspiration to me because of her perseverance. She is a chief nursing officer for a national healthcare institution and network of hospitals across the United States. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, she pursued more and more responsibility, stepping up to lead with integrity during a time of crisis for the world – and for the profession of nursing. Her refusal to back down while encountering so many challenges inspires me to always push forward.

What are you most looking forward to in your role at RestoringVision?

Stephanie: I am looking forward to sharing more and more stories of the people whose lives have been impacted by RestoringVision’s work. For those who are struggling to see clearly because of a lack of access to vision services and eyeglasses, the impact of a pair of glasses is life-changing. I look forward to interviewing beneficiaries and working with our partners to tell these personal stories to inspire more people to get involved in RestoringVision’s work worldwide.

What do you do in your free time when you’re not solving the global vision crisis?

In my free time, I enjoy taking my dog Chance for rides in the car, playing the drums, kayaking, scooter rides with my husband, going to concerts, baking pies, gardening, and drinking iced coffee.

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RestoringVision to Create Connections to Eye Health at International Rotary Convention

RestoringVision was born out of founder Mark Sachs’ observation and desire to help.

When Sachs was working as a Marketing Director in the optical industry, he was invited by LensCrafters to join their corporate social responsibility program on trips to Albania and Mexico. Optometrists performed eye exams while non-eyecare professionals like Sachs fitted people with eyeglasses. Witnessing the sheer need for eyeglasses and observing that more than 50% of the people served just needed a pair of nonprescription reading glasses to see clearly, Sachs returned to the U.S. and knew he had to do more. RestoringVision, the leader in addressing presbyopia, was born, and to date has now served more than 20 million people in 144 countries with access to glasses and clear vision.

Sachs’s dedication to RestoringVision continues this June as he travels to the International Rotary Convention being held in Houston, Texas June 4-8, with the goal of connecting even more people to RestoringVision’s work around the globe.

“Rotarians are people of action and doing good work,” Sachs said. “International Rotary Clubs work to find sponsors at U.S. clubs to take on projects to address critical issues. Providing reading glasses to people in need can function as an important addition to any primary Rotary project, and also as something they can bring with them when they are visiting different projects internationally as well.”

Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – aligning with RestoringVision’s own mission to empower lives by providing clear vision for millions of people in need.

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, RestoringVision Board Member and Rotarian of Atlanta, said potential partnerships with Rotary chapters in the U.S. and abroad would strengthen both organizations.

“Rotary is one of the most influential organizations in the world and Rotarians – whose motto is ‘service above self,’ are natural partners for an organization like RestoringVision, which is engaged in solving a huge health and development problem around the world,” Peters said. “The World Health Organization recognizes poor vision as a global health issue – one that over 1 billion people suffer from – and the results of addressing it are huge. Give a person back their sight and you give them the opportunity to earn money, as a seamstress, or a farmer for instance, or to help their grandchildren with homework. The impacts are endless.”

Seán Deneny, member of the Southampton Rotary Club in New York, said it’s important for him to support RestoringVision at the Rotary Convention because he has seen the need for vision services worldwide firsthand. In 2017, Deneny and Tom Guldi, past president of the Southampton Rotary Club, attended a humanitarian trip to Cambodia. In 2019, they planned a similar trip to outlying medical camps deep in Nepal’s Himalayas.

“Many needs were identified from water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development,” Deneny said. “With overwhelming needs due to lack of infrastructure in these countries, we felt that focusing on one need – vision – would best serve the people there.”

With that in mind, they sponsored and purchased 14,000 reading glasses to provide to all 14 medical camps they visited in Nepal. “Our Rotarian partner in Kathmandu is now organizing dental and vision medical trips to each of these camps,” Deneny said.

The shared values between RestoringVision and Rotary make for a natural partnership.

“Rotarians are already engaged in so many efforts and working with RestoringVision would be a way for them to expand their impact,” Peters said. “It also follows up on Rotary’s commitment to addressing global health issues. Poor vision is a global problem that can benefit from Rotary’s unique service and reach.”

Are you a Rotarian interested in partnering with RestoringVision? Contact Steve Hancock, Partner Relations, at steve@restoringvision.org to get started today.

Providing Clear Vision in Times of Crisis

Author: Pelin Munis, Ph.D.

As we witness the horrors of war unfold in Ukraine as a global community, many of us are plagued with feelings of helplessness. Families face unspeakable loss, trauma beyond our comprehension, and displacement that will leave more than 6 million refugees destabilized for months – or years – to come. But as a world community, we can each and together do our part to put empathy into action, and to become advocates for refugees around the world in our own unique ways. Let’s do what we can as a unified global community to make their coming days just a little bit easier.

Here at RestoringVision, it is our mission to solve the global vision crisis by ensuring people in impoverished communities have equitable access to vision services and glasses, which improve lives, health, productivity, earning potential, and more. A pair of glasses has the power to change a life – and that is why we are working with funders like National Vision, Inc. and Warby Parker, and partners like Americares and Dr. Shawn Galbraith, an optometrist based in Wyoming who recently traveled to Ukraine, to provide people in crisis with the vision programs and glasses they need to navigate the war and challenges ahead with one less significant obstacle in their way.

Imagine fighting for your life, defending your family, or suddenly being displaced from your country without the ability to see clearly. By providing clear vision for those suffering in and fleeing from Ukraine, I am proud to state that RestoringVision and our partners are working together to support refugees, bringing a small piece of hope into focus for the lives we touch. We know that providing a pair of glasses to someone in need will carve out a path to increased economic opportunities in the future, increased productivity, improved health, and enhanced safety. This is how we can make a lasting impact on the lives of refugees. Vision is at the intersection of global health and economic development. RestoringVision’s support of Ukrainian refugees is just one example of why vision health is a priority for the World Health Organization and is included in the UN Resolution: Vision for Everyone.

WHO’s World Report on Vision states, “at least 2.2 billion people around the world have a vision impairment, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed.”  The UN Resolution: Vision for Everyone states, “improved vision and optimized functional ability for people with blindness or vision impairment leads to improvement in employment prospects, enhanced workplace productivity, increased household income and spending and enhanced economic productivity,” which are instrumental in achieving Sustainable Development Goals that include ending poverty in all its forms, ending hunger, and promoting sustainable economic growth.

With the countless, complex challenges our world faces in a time of war, RestoringVision knows firsthand the global vision crisis is one with a solution and infinite ripple effects: creating access to vision programs and glasses delivery for all. The impacts of this solution extend beyond health and hold the power to lessen the global economic burdens created by poor vision. Refugees facing an overwhelming number of challenges will thankfully have one taken away by a simple pair of glasses. With the dedication and determination of our funders, the passion of our team and partners, and the audacity to make a difference, RestoringVision continues its fierce commitment to bringing hope into focus one person at a time.

Will your organization join us in supporting 200,000 Ukrainian refugees with the glasses they need? Email Program@restoringvision.org to get started today.

Pelin Munis, Ph.D.

Executive Director

RestoringVision

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Meet the New Members of RestoringVision’s Program Staff: Gerardo Medina Duarte

RestoringVision’s program team has grown and transformed over the last 6 months, as new staff members bring fresh perspectives and new skills to our work of solving the global vision crisis through providing people in need with vision programs and glasses delivery.

Gerardo Medina Duarte, Program Coordinator, Mexico, joined RestoringVision in December 2021. Gerardo was raised in a family of opticians. Visual health became part of his life early on, creating a significant understanding of how a pair of eyeglasses can enhance someone’s life. Prior to joining RestoringVision, Gerardo worked as a Social Responsibility Coordinator in the textile industry in Mexico.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RestoringVision?

Gerardo: The people, the team, and the feeling of being an active part of a great story that today has reached more than 20 million lives by improving their sight.

Why is this work important to you personally?

Gerardo: My father was one of the first optical shop owners in my town back in the ’70s, and seeing people’s faces when restoring their vision has been part of my life since I was a child. Sight is one of the most beautiful gifts in life, and today, I have the opportunity to contribute to this for the most vulnerable people in Mexico and Peru and that is very significant and meaningful to me.

Who inspires you most and why?

Gerardo: I certainly admire my father as a human, his sense of humility, and his creativity; he inspires me to keep going in my career and never stop learning from others.

What are you most looking forward to in your role at RestoringVision?

Gerardo: We estimate that there are around 19 million people in Mexico living in poverty with a high probability of having presbyopia and not having the opportunity to access reading glasses. I will invest my best efforts to help all those out there from my position. And I will contribute my best to the team to help expand RestoringVision´s positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What do you do in your free time when you’re not solving the global vision crisis?

Gerardo: I love my town, and I enjoy walking through the beautiful state of Puebla in México with my family during weekends.

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Meet the New Members of RestoringVision’s Program Staff: Benjamin Cobb

RestoringVision’s program team has grown and transformed over the last 6 months, as new staff members bring fresh perspectives and new skills to our work of solving the global vision crisis through providing people in need with vision programs and glasses delivery.

Ben Cobb RestoringVisionBenjamin Cobb, Manager of Program and Monitoring, joined RestoringVision in March. Ben first became passionate about global health after traveling to Haiti and Guatemala, where he learned about the gap in access to healthcare in certain areas across the globe. Following this realization, Ben began his studies at the Duke University’s Global Health Institute, during which he completed his thesis work on Chronic Kidney Disease in India.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RestoringVision thus far?

Ben: RestoringVision benefits from a special network of global partners, all working to serve people in need. It is a pleasure to be able to work with individuals who are so passionate about vision care and global health, including both RestoringVision employees and its partners. I am encouraged every day by the conversations and work that takes place to help serve people who need access to vision care.

Why is this work important to you personally?

Ben: Every individual, regardless of location or background, should have access to health care. A main tenant of health care is vision care, and the ability to see is a right for every person. Additionally, research shows staggering economic impact after an individual receives a pair of reading glasses. This increase of productivity and income can enable a family to purchase other necessities, such as food and medicine. To me, providing someone with a pair of glasses is not just about vision correction, but about the doors vision correction can open.

Who inspires you most and why?

Ben: Pioneers in the world of global health have inspired me since I started studying and working in this area. Specifically, Paul Farmer served as an inspiration for me and many in the global health sector. His drive to provide health care to individuals at all costs is immensely motivating. His legacy inspires me to go to great lengths to serve those without access to care, and to leave a legacy that is far reaching and impactful, just as he did throughout his life.

What are you most looking forward to in your role at RestoringVision?

Ben: I’m looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the impact our programs have on individuals and to learn more about the specific ways glasses can change the lives of the people we are serving. Understanding the health, social, and economic impact a pair of glasses provides someone is exciting, and I look forward to seeing more people have a chance to benefit from this life changing item.

What do you do in your free time when you’re not solving the global vision crisis?

Ben: In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking. I also enjoy traveling with my wife and playing with our cat, Rio.

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RestoringVision Unveils First-Ever Annual Report with Preview of New Brand Identity and Plans for Growth

RestoringVision 2021 Annual Report

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (APRIL 14, 2022) – RestoringVision has released its first-ever annual report, celebrating its recent milestone of reaching 20 million people in need across the globe with vision programs and glasses delivery while highlighting successes and partnerships forged in 2021.

The annual report also offers an exciting preview of RestoringVision’s new brand and logo identity, which will launch during a June 2022 rollout as it continues to scale its worldwide impact. RestoringVision continues to focus on accelerating its growth while seeking new philanthropic investments, knowing that it could help more than 7 million people in need of clear vision today.

“We are thrilled to share RestoringVision’s first-ever annual report as it provides a look back at what we have accomplished during fiscal year 2021 and a look at the many lives impacted over our first 20 years as an organization,” said Dr. Pelin Munis, Executive Director of RestoringVision. “Within its pages, we hope readers will be motivated to join us in doing everything we can to solve this global health crisis. Our work has only just begun, and we hope you will be a part of this exciting time of growth as we continue to scale our impact across the globe to provide people living in poverty with clear vision.”

The annual report can be viewed by clicking here.

RestoringVision reached more than 2.3 million people in 80 countries across the globe in 2021 with its Global Access Program and Community Outreach Program, a 71 percent increase from 2020.

Yisten Yan, an 87-year-old man living in the Dominican Republic, has lived his entire life without clear vision. Since moving from Haiti to the Dominican Republic over 60 years ago, he has dedicated his life to cutting and cultivating sugar cane. Because of the harsh exposure to the elements in this line of work, his vision had become worse and worse over the years. Thanks to the glasses he (and his wife) received from RestoringVision’s programs, he now has glasses that he says improve his vision and daily life.

“We do this work for people like Yisten, knowing that the impact of providing an individual in need with clear vision not only changes that person’s life, but it uplifts the entire community by increasing economic capacity, productivity, and so much more,” Dr. Munis said. “Providing access to clear vision for people living in impoverished countries has the power to reshape our world, and we are determined to do just that.”

The vision crisis remains today with over 1 billion people lacking access to the vision care and glasses they need to see clearly to live independent and productive lives for themselves, their families, and communities.

RestoringVision’s annual report was created with HAVEN, a creative hub, and marketing agency located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

RestoringVision is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unmet need for eyeglasses in impoverished communities across the globe. Each year, the organization helps millions of people living on less than $2/day gain clear vision to increase productivity, continue working and earning an income, learning, and performing everyday tasks. Since 2003, RestoringVision has reached over 20 million people in 144 countries with its programs. For more information, visit restoringvision.org.

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