From our humble beginnings to a global movement, we’ve reached 25 million people in need across 147 countries during the last two decades.
In just a few days, on October 2, 2023, we celebrate 20 years at RestoringVision. It’s a momentous date in our organization’s history as it signifies 20 years of lives empowered across the globe, 20 years of human potential unlocked through the power of vision screenings and eyeglasses, 20 years of progress towards a world where everyone who needs glasses has them, and 20 years of work towards a more equitable world with clear vision.
RestoringVision was founded in 2003 by Mark Sachs, a veteran of marketing in the optical industry. On an optical mission trip, Mark observed that more than 50% of people who visited the optical clinic needed only a pair of reading glasses to correct their vision impairment. Upon his return to the United States, Mark secured […]
20 Years of Clear Vision: An Anniversary Blog Series Celebrating RestoringVision’s Leaders, Partners, and Supporters Featuring Erwin Cho
By Stephanie Godward, Director of Marketing and Communications, RestoringVision Erwin Cho joined the RestoringVision Board of Directors in 2016, and his motivation for doing so was inspired by the organization’s Founder, Chair Emeritus, and Advisor, Mark Sachs. “What inspired me to join the board was Mark Sachs – it comes down to our founder. We […]
826 million people living in extreme poverty around the world are struggling with presbyopia, blurry vision that occurs as a natural part of the aging process. Seamstresses, tailors, farmers, and millions more lack the financial means and resources to obtain the reading glasses that would greatly improve their ability to see clearly, work productively, learn, […]
Mark Lorey joined RestoringVision in June 2023 as its Vice President, Global Programs and Impact. He leads strategy, planning, execution, and evaluation for the programs and impact of RestoringVision across the world. Mark began his career with Save the Children in Malawi, followed by time living, studying, and working in South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda. He […]
RestoringVision Celebrates 20 Years of Creating Equitable Access to Vision Services and Eyeglasses for 25M People in Poverty Worldwide
RestoringVision celebrates its 20th anniversary on Oct. 2, 2023, recognizing 20 years of global impact and 25 million lives transformed through the power of clear vision.
Thus far, it has been another extraordinary year at RestoringVision as we remain committed and determined to solve the global vision crisis. Through ongoing global challenges, we have come together as a movement of people and changemakers creating increased access to clear vision for all – no matter their income or location in the world.
From July 16 to July 20, RestoringVision’s Mark Lorey, Vice President of Global Programs and Impact, and Gerardo Medina, Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean – visited the Dominican Republic (DR) to see firsthand the impact of vision services and eyeglasses provided by RestoringVision’s programming in the lives of people living in extreme poverty in the country.
One of the most hopeful facts about this global vision crisis is that while over 1 billion people globally have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed – 81% of this issue area is solvable with reading glasses as presbyopia is a major aspect of this crisis. This is particularly encouraging because we already have a cost-effective solution – reading glasses – and delivery models that can scale.