Reading Glasses for Improved Livelihoods: it's the name of our program, and it's a core tenet of our work and organization. Presbyopia, also known as nearsightedness, affects millions across the world. If untreated, presbyopia can severely constrain productivity and livelihoods.
Near Vision Glasses
people need near vision glasses (readers) globally
suffer vision impairment due to either lack of or inadequate vision correction .
How it works
Interested in learning more about our Reading Glasses for Improved Livelihoods Program? Read some of our success stories.
VisionSpring and BRAC announced they provided one million pairs of affordable eyeglasses to low-income customers. It is estimated that the RGIL program in Bangladesh has contributed to $110 million in increased income at the household level since it began in 2006.
VisionSpring and Amref's RGIL program is delivering on Amref Health Africa's vision: "Lasting Health Change in Africa" by increasing access to affordable, high quality reading glasses.
BRAC Uganda and VisionSpring forged a partnership to provide access to high quality, affordable eyeglasses to 3.4 million Ugandans through the Reading Glasses for Improved Livelihoods program.
Many people do not know that a simple pair of eyeglasses could dramatically improve their livelihood. Creating awareness and access to eye care is vital. Over the last 10 years, our community health workers have successfully corrected 1 million vision problems. This is undeniably a great achievement.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Founder and Chairman, BRAC
RGIL will play a starring role in increasing access to affordable and sustainable healthcare services to communities in Kenya and beyond.
Because of my glasses , I can now make up to 10 pots per day, helping me earn more and take care of my family. Earlier, with out my glasses, I could only make 2 pots a day.