There is no doubt that, as humans, vision is one of our most important senses. In today’s world, the ability of an individual to see affects their health, educational opportunities, productivity, safety, quality of life, and even the global economy. Vision also impacts one’s ability to interact with the environment and other people.
It has been found that an astounding 2.5 billion people worldwide suffer from uncorrected vision impairment. What’s even more staggering is that over 500 million people only need reading glasses to correct their issues but live in developing countries with limited or no access to them.
CREATING ACCESS TO READING GLASSES CHANGE LIVES
RestoringVision has found that providing access to reading glasses can have a profound impact on the lives of people living in impoverished communities. Some of the positive effects of restored vision include:
Reading glasses immediately correct close-range vision problems, enabling a person to see clearly again, dramatically improving health and well-being.
When people are able to see clearly, they are also able to read and learn. Children whose vision is corrected can advance up to half a year in school. Adults can successfully participate in continuing education and workforce training.
Seeing clearly is essential to maintaining one’s safety. With clear close-range vision, a person can perform his or her daily tasks – including caring for one’s child, cooking and working – in a safe and effective way.
Studies have shown that vision correction leads to a 35% increase in productivity and a 20% increase in wages. For someone earning $2 per day, that is an additional $140 of income per year. With a pair of reading glasses, people can carry out their daily tasks, work and lead productive lives again.
QUALITY OF LIFE
The ability to see clearly impacts all areas of one’s life, including one’s self-esteem. Glasses enable a person to be a fully productive member of his or her family and community again. This increases the overall quality of a person’s life.
The lack of access to glasses results in an annual loss of $202B to the global economy. By providing glasses, you create opportunities for work and economic growth, thus improving the global economy.
ADDING GLASSES TO YOUR CURRENT MISSION PROGRAM IS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE!
Reading glasses are inexpensive. They are small and lightweight, making them a cost-effective item to bring along in suitcases or to ship.
No professional training or medical equipment is required
Dispensing glasses is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You can learn how in just 8 minutes. Click here to learn more.
Easy addition and a great complement to your trip
No matter what your focus is, glasses are a great addition to your program and have an immediate and lasting impact.
RestoringVision offers multiple ways for you to make a difference:
- Become a RestoringVision Supporter: Donate today and make a difference.
- Become a Corporate Partner: Learn about our corporate giving programs.
- Become a Service Delivery Partner: Distribute reading glasses to impoverished communities on your mission trips.