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Cumulative Impact

Corrective Pairs Distributed

Corrective Pairs Distributed

5.5m

 

 Countries Reached

Countries Reached

43

 

 Increase in Productivity

Increase in Productivity

22-32%

 

 Economic Impact created

Economic Impact created

$1.2Bn

 

2018 Results

Corrective Pairs Distributed

Corrective Pairs Distributed

1.17m

 

Income Potential Released

Income Potential Released

$253Mn

 

Less than $4/day

Less than $4/day

78%

 

First Time Wearers

First Time Wearers

53%

School Children in Glasses

School Children in Glasses

176k

 People Screened Directly

People Screened Directly

291k

 

Garment Workers Screened

Garment Workers Screened

59k

 

Drivers Screened

Drivers Screened

20k

 

Partners

Partners

385

 

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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90% Near Vision Impaired in LMICS

90% of the burden of presbyopic vision impairment falls on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where rates of presbyopic correction with glasses are as low as 10%.

November 2018, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology

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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.

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