Social & economic impact of VisionSpring Eyeglasses

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Cumulative Impact

Corrective Pairs Distributed

Corrective Pairs Distributed

6.8m

 

 Countries Reached

Countries Reached

24

 

 Increase in Productivity

Increase in Productivity

22-32%

 

 Economic Impact Generated

Economic Impact Generated

$1.4Bn

 

2019 Results

Corrective Pairs Distributed

Corrective Pairs Distributed

1.38m

 

Income Potential Released

Income Potential Released

$298m

 

Less Than $4/day

Less Than $4/day

80%

 

First Time Wearers

First Time Wearers

56%

School Children in Glasses

School Children in Glasses

168k

 People Screened  by VisionSpring and our Partners

People Screened by VisionSpring and our Partners

3.7m

 

Garment Workers Screened

Garment Workers Screened

74k

 

Drivers Screened

Drivers Screened

163k

 

Partners

Partners

537

 

Evidence of Impact

VisionSpring conducts assessments and studies to build the evidence base that underpins our theory of change. Our goal is for low income people to utilize eyeglasses as a means to improve their daily functioning, productivity and income earning potential, which create the possibility of a more prosperous life.

22% Productivity Increase: Tea Workers

An RCT conducted amongst tea pickers found that providing reading glasses increased productivity by 22% on average and up to 32% among workers over the age of 50.

2017, Assam, India, Published in the Lancet Global Health

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25% Fail Visual Acuity Test: Truck Drivers

A program assessment conducted amongst truckers found that 25% could not meet the standard visual acuity requirements of being able to read signs at 20-30 meters, as required for a driving license.

2019, Transit Hubs, India

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Learning Effectiveness in School Children

A RCT demonstrated that correcting vision in students creates learning results equivalent to gaining one-third to one-half of a year of additional schooling.

2014, China

 

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Theory of Change

 

Our theory of change states “Eyeglasses improve daily functioning, productivity, and earning potential, creating a greater likelihood of a pathway out of poverty.”

Based on the above statement, VisionSpring's programs are designed to advance social impact along three themes: See to Earn for adults to enhance earning potential, See to Learn for school going children so that they learn better, and See to be Safe for truck drivers and allied transport workers so that all road users are safe.

Cumulative Impact