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Simple reading glasses have demonstrated the largest ever recorded productivity increase from any health intervention in a randomized trial. Above all, eyeglasses are a livelihoods intervention. Just when skilled workers are peaking in their abilities – be they artisans, tailors, mechanics, or farmers – age-related blurry vision jeopardizes their livelihoods and their income. Eyeglasses fix that, enabling adults to maintain their productivity, extend their working years, and continue to care for their families.
Factory and Agricultural Workers
60 - 80%
of workers acquire their first pair of eyeglasses in VisionSpring’s Clear Vision Workplaces and See to Earn communities .
average increase and 32% increase in productivity among workers over age 50; recorded in randomized trial demonstrating the impact of reading glasses on productivity of tea pickers in Assam, India.
decrease in product defects as reported by garment workers in S.Asia who were provided eyeglasses.
increase their income earning potential and experience improved quality of life.
benefit from productivity gains and employee retention.
see higher achievement against quality standards and advance worker well-being initiatives
How it works
Several companies and initiatives have already incorporated Clear Vision Workplaces into their supply chains and worker well-being initiatives.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. partnered with VisionSpring to fund vision services for at least 20,000 workers in developing areas of India and the Philippines.
Through the Clear Vision Workplace program, VF Corporation will provide free eye exams to 57,000 workers by the end of 2019. Of those workers screened so far, 74 percent received their first-ever pair of glasses.
Varanasi Smart City Limited in partnerhsip with VisionSpring rolled out " Ujjwal Drishti" (Clear Vision) program in the heritage city of Varanasi, India. The program will screen 100,000 highly skilled silk handloom weavers and textile workers in the (...)
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The first clear winner in terms of scalable social programs has been our vision and eye-care partnership with VisionSpring. For Mela, better vision for our artisans = better quality and faster production. For ourBy providing an eye test and a simple pair of glasses, people can work, read, and earn for longer.
Co-Founder, Mela Artisans, India
It is really an encouraging and forward looking endeavor for the workers, especially for those who work in the garment sector. It always make us feel good when our family members, our workers and staff, get health related. VisionSpring has contributed a very inspiring effort for our workers and staff. We are, as management, grateful to you all.
Sultan Md. Noorani, PPM
Executive Director, Manta Apparels, Envoy Group, Bangladesh
I was always afraid that due to blurred vision I may lose my job. Sometimes I experienced minor injuries, like hurting my finger while sewing. I was diagnosed with a near vision problem at a Clear Vision Workplace camp, and received my first pair of eyeglasses. I am happy that I can see clearly now. Earlier I used to produce 140-150 pieces and now I can produce 160-165 pieces in a day.
Sewing Machine Operator, Fountain Garments Manufacturing Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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