Why We Focus On Vision
Approximately 670 million people worldwide are functionally blind or visually impaired because they do not have a pair of eyeglasses.
The lack of vision translates to failing at school, jobs, health and personal lives. Those who cannot see are too often mired in poverty.
We travel the developing world and the U.S. providing free quality vision care services through short-term clinics to those who need it. We also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric capacity in the developing world in order to help local communities continue to provide quality vision care.
Our goal is to eradicate untreated refractive error–that is– to help people see again by correcting their vision with glasses. And once they can see, they can improve the quality of their lives and their own vision for a future for generations to come.
Vision means health, income and
education – especially for women and kids.
Almost one billion people don’t have access to glasses. That means that 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly.
According to the World Health Organization, globally the number of people of all ages visually impaired is estimated to be 285 million, of whom 39 million are blind. People 50 years and older are 82% of all blind.
The major cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error (43%). The World health Organization estimates 153 million people worldwide live with distance visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error with near uncorrected refractive error another 544 million.
Visual impairment in 2014 is a major global health issue; the preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global burden.
Your donation to VOSH helps restore sight to an individual through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses, or medical treatment. With restored vision, individuals can return to school or work. Adults are able contribute to the household and no longer require extra care. And children can refocus in school.
At VOSH International, we’re committed to supporting sustainable eye care. That’s why our members support clinics and hospitals and the people who work in them. VOSH International has helped restore sight to more than 1,000,000 individuals around the world.
ECONOMY & COMMUNITY
Glasses can increase one’s productivity by 20% That’s the equivalent of creating an extra day’s work each week. Glasses are one of the most effective poverty alleviation tools in the world.
In many rural communities worldwide, kids without access to eyecare are never diagnosed, they end up doing poorly in school, many often are wrongly labeled as mentally handicapped. Glasses provide millions of children with the power to learn and the ability to take control of their lives
90% of people that are blind or visually impaired live in developing countries. VOSH and our partners work to build long-term solutions to provide eye care in developing countries.
ADDING IT UP: THE RETURN
Every $1 invested in improved vision can yield from $4 to $12
for the local economy, depending on the type of project.
Vision has proven to be a smart investment, sometimes reducing flood damage or disease rates among survivors. Providing glasses and eyecare transforms lives, communities and generations — and at a surprisingly low cost.
Just $5 can provide sightgiving glasses for one person.