On your mark, get set, see the world of difference a pair of glasses can make

Three women getting on their mark to start a race.

If you make more than $1.90 a day, you are better off than 767 million people around the world living in poverty.[1] At $1.90 per day, less than the average cost Americans pay for a cup of coffee, priorities look different.[2] Every minute you’d have to address the immediate needs you see. But, what about the ones you couldn’t see – literally?

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, 246 million people have moderate or severe visual impairment, yet 80 percent of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable.[3] And 90% of blind people in the world? They live in low-income countries. See the correlation?

That’s one reason EyeMed partners with OneSight, an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping the world see. Since 1988, OneSight has helped more than 9.5 million people in 46 countries see clearly.  And because clear vision empowers students to perform up to twice as well in school,[4] OneSight is particularly focused on putting children on the path to success.

Meet Colt

Before Colt got his first pair of glasses, he was struggling in school because he could not see clearly. Having compromised vision made school a constant challenge, as visual processing accounts for 80 percent of how children learn. When he put on his glasses he enthusiastically shouted, “They’re perfect!”

With a simple pair of glasses we can change the picture for kids like Colt, helping them realize learning potential that can unveil a world of possibility.

See the difference, be the difference

ready set seeEvery year EyeMed and OneSight join others around the globe to observe World Sight Day, a time to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment.  From now until World Sight Day on October 12, you can team up with us by joining a Ready Set See challenge to help raise awareness and funds for the creation of six new sustainable vision centers around world, including a school-based vision center in the U.S.

All you have to do is move. Walk, bike, run or swim your way to the finish. Get the details and register today.


[1] The World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/understanding-poverty
[2] US News & World Report, https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/09/29/americans-pay-an-average-270-for-coffee-while-tipping-20-percent
[3] International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, https://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day
[4] Rural Education Action Program