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Groundbreaking Study Shows Impact of Reading Glasses

According to new research, providing glasses to workers can increase their productivity by nearly 32%. The study, called Productivity Study of Presbyopia Elimination in Rural-dwellers, or PROSPER, was conducted with tea pickers living in India over the course of eleven weeks. All participants were diagnosed with farsightedness, or “unaided near visual acuity,” a condition that can be corrected with a simple pair of reading glasses. Researchers then provided half of the participants with a free pair of glasses and compared their productivity with the workers who did not receive them.

The results of the study showed that workers who were given glasses were able to collect over 5 kilos more tea than their peers who struggled with impaired vision and didn’t receive a pair of glasses. These results are extremely significant given the way the industry works – collecting more tea means a higher wage for the worker. The glasses not only boosted productivity and improved business, but also helped benefit the tea pickers themselves, their families, and communities.

The study states, “Delivery of glasses to older workers could be a scalable and sustainable strategy for poverty alleviation. Age-related decline in unaided near vision is essentially universal, so the pool of potential beneficiaries is large.”

Reading glasses are affordable and easy to transport to developing countries. The simplicity of this distribution model drives immediate and wildly disproportionate positive results.

Since 2003, RestoringVision has helped more than 10 million people see clearly in over 127 countries. We are striving to help 20 million people by 2020 and are proud to be a part of the solution to this global health problem with severe socioeconomic impacts.

Thank you to VisionSpring, Clearly, Orbis, and Queen’s University Belfast for conducting this important research. To learn more about PROSPER, take a look at the full research study here.

May-Jun Newsletter: Thank YOU For Making A Difference!

Dear Partners and Friends,

Over the past 15 years, RestoringVision has been able to bring clear vision to more than 10 million people in impoverished communities across the world. As you know, this requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without you, our partners, who take glasses to the field and distribute them to people in need, and our sponsors and donors, who accelerate this work. To all of you, thank you!

We’ve also been working closely with optical organizations, advocacy groups, and thought-leaders to raise awareness and develop collaborations that open up access to vision care for the world’s most disenfranchised. We are thrilled that our common cause is now gaining much-needed attention and momentum and would like to share this with you. Below are some exciting updates, including recent media coverage and one of the most exciting initiatives in vision health.

At RestoringVision, we’re excited to be a part of this growing global movement with you in an effort to transform the lives of people with near vision impairment. Thanks again for all you do to support this mission!

Best wishes,
Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision


A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses 

This year in May, The New York Times published an article about the global need for eyeglasses on the front page of the Sunday edition. The article described the incredible impact that vision correction can have on the lives of people in need. To read the article, click here.




Groundbreaking New Initiative – Vision for the Commonwealth

This April in London, The Queens’ Diamond Jubilee Trust launched the $1 billion Vision Catalyst Fund which aims to help governments prioritize vision and address avoidable blindness and poor eyesight. The fund will focus on expanding universal eye health services led by governments, providing a sustainable long-term solution for vision across many countries.




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The New York Times Publishes an Article on the Global Need for Eyeglasses

“It’s the biggest health crisis you’ve never heard of. Doctors, philanthropists and companies are trying to solve it.”

We are thrilled to share that The New York Times published an article about the global need for eyeglasses on the front page of the Sunday edition issued on May 6, 2018. 

RestoringVision is proud to be part of the solution, and we’re grateful to all of our partners, sponsors, and donors for supporting us in our mission to help people in need see and live better. We hope that as more people and organizations learn about this problem, more will get involved and help.

To read The New York Times article, click here

Mar-Apr Newsletter: Thank You for Giving the Gift of Sight!


Dear Partners and Friends,

Spring has sprung and many of you are making plans for your summer mission trips. We are grateful to you for adding glasses to the work you do.

Thanks to our community of partners, we have gathered tips to help make your mission trips more successful. Those are covered in this newsletter. We hope they are useful. We are always interested in other ideas for improving our impact and reach. Please keep your feedback coming!

We are still celebrating the afterglow of our mutual achievement of helping 10 million people since we started. And we have renewed our commitment to help 20 million people by 2020. Of course, we can’t do it without you.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping improve so many lives around the world.

Best wishes,
Mark Sachs, Founder, RestoringVision

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Jan-Feb Newsletter: 10 Million Lives Transformed Thanks to YOU!


Dear Partners and Friends,

I’m thrilled to announce that last month we passed 10 million people helped since we began in 2003. That’s a major milestone in our “moon shot” goal of helping 20 million people by the end of 2020. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without you—our partners, sponsors, and donors. It’s amazing the impact that we have had together. Thank you!

With this achievement and as we look to the future, we felt that it was time to redefine our organizational identity. I’m pleased to present to you our new Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and Values (see below). We hope that these will not only portray the direction we are heading but that they will also inspire you to continue partnering with us to give the gift of sight.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to transforming the lives of many more millions of people around the world together with you!

Best wishes,
Mark, Founder, RestoringVision



Click here to see our Philosophy and Values!

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Press Release: Celebrating a 10M Milestone with the Optical Industry

RestoringVision Marks Distribution of 10M Glasses to People in Need

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 5)—The non-profit organization dedicated to providing reading glasses to people in need around the world, RestoringVision, is celebrating its biggest milestone— having helped over 10M people worldwide see and live better.

Founded 15 years ago by Mark Sachs—whose basement operations for storing, packing, and shipping glasses advanced into the largest non-profit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities—RestoringVision is expressing gratitude to the members of the optical industry that have supported its work since its inception.

“We are thrilled to have been able to help 10 million people restore their vision and their lives through the gift of sight,” said Sachs, Founder of RestoringVision. “We are grateful to our charitable partners in the field, our donors, and especially our sponsors and supporters from the optical community. Without their continued support, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

RestoringVision has grown from helping thousands to millions of people each year by working in collaboration with diverse segments of the optical industry. From start-up businesses to international companies dedicated to manufacturing or distributing optical products and/or services. These organizations support RestoringVision by making in-kind or financial contributions or by helping the non-profit raise awareness about the global need for reading glasses.

“The involvement and commitment of companies and organizations from the optical sector have been key to the success of RestoringVision. Thanks to them, we have been able to grow and help millions of people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to vision correction,” said Pelin Munis, Executive Director of RestoringVision.

Some of RestoringVision’s key supporters within the optical industry include: FGX International, Walmart, National Vision Inc., DIFF Charitable Eyewear, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, General Vision Services, EyeCare Partners, LasikPlus, Joffe MediCenter, Jimmy Fairly (France), and Enchroma.

“We want all of our supporters from the optical industry to know that thanks to them, 10 million people are now returning to their jobs, regaining their independence, and seizing opportunities for growth because their vision is restored,” said Munis.

Uncorrected poor vision affects over 2.5 billion worldwide. This is one of the biggest global health problems, yet there are simple, cost-effective solutions such as reading glasses. Therefore, RestoringVision has set a goal to help 20 million people by the end of 2020. The non-profit is calling on the optical industry for more support.

“While we have been able to help millions, the need is much bigger,” said Munis. “We hope that many more optical industry members join us in addressing this problem. The more organizations that become involved, the more people we will be able to help.”

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Media contact: Grecia Greco,




Announcing our Biggest Milestone: 10M People Helped!

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our biggest milestone having helped over 10 million people around the world see and live better!

Our Partners in the field who take glasses overseas and put them on the faces of people who need them.
Our Sponsors and Donors who make contributions to support the work we do.
Our friends and supporters who help us raise awareness about RestoringVision, the need for reading glasses and the impact that these have on people’s lives.

Without your continued support, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for transforming the lives of 10 million people through the gift of sight!

Nov-Dec Newsletter: Thank YOU for Making 2017 Our Best Year Yet!


Dear Partners and Friends,

2017 is now in the history books. We ended the year on a very positive note—having helped over 3 million people around the world. With your support and participation, this is the most people we have helped in a given year. Many thanks to you, our partners, sponsors, and donors, who made this possible. Thanks as well to our returning partners, who have made the dispensing of glasses part of their annual commitment, and to our new partners, who have added glasses to their existing programs for the first time.

As we close 2017 and look forward to 2018, we’re pushing ever closer to our goal of helping 20 million people by the end of 2020. We’re focusing on expanding our existing partnerships, getting new partners on board, and improving our operations so we can serve you better. We’re also continuing to spread the word about the need for reading glasses in the developing world.

To help us reach this goal, please continue to support our work by taking glasses to the field, signing up for a corporate sponsorship program or making a donation to help provide the gift of sight.

As always, thank you for your support and for making a difference in people’s lives.

Best wishes,
Mark, Founder,



Watch this video to see some of the best memories that you, our partners, have shared with us!


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Sept-Oct Newsletter: 9 Million People Helped, Thanks to You!


Dear Partners and Friends,

As the holiday season begins, I am reminded of so much that we have to be grateful for. We have our health, our friends, and family. And we have you, our partners and sponsors, who have chosen to join us in this quest to help people in need see their world more clearly. For this, we are truly grateful.

This newsletter marks the end of another successful quarter for RestoringVision. We have now, with your help, provided clear vision to over 9M people since we started. Our goal of helping 20M people by 2020 is still ways away. But we are making great progress towards that target.

I also want to let you know that #GivingTuesday is coming up on November 28. Just like we did last year, we will be turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingSightDay. We’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 to help 25,000 people in need. In addition, we’ll have a promo code for our partners taking glasses in the field. Be on the lookout for a special email just for you. In the meantime, please be sure to add #GivingSightDay to your calendars.

Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support. I know we couldn’t do it without you.

Best regards,
Mark, Founder,

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