Global Eyesight Now activities are founded in three core beliefs
- Seeing truly is believing. Hundreds of millions of impoverished people in the developing world who suffer from poor vision need to see well first before they can become fully empowered to help themselves.
- The cost of conventional glasses to impoverished people, coupled with severe shortages of eye care professionals, has meant that 90% of people suffering from poor vision are not receiving the help they need.
- The world has the resources and technologies to help these people now. Too much is at stake, including hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost work productivity, to allow the problem of refractive error in the developing world to persist. The problem
Acting on these beliefs
We work to provide low cost, effective Solutions in sight to as many vision impaired people in the developing world as possible. Doing so, we:
Solicit charitable funding
To purchase and deliver corrective eyewear, including reading glasses, to people in developing world countries who need to see, whether living in remote villages or rural communities, working in farming or manufacturing jobs, or when accessing hospitals and clinics, even drivers licensing bureaus.
Deliver outreach training
Teaching partnering organizations, individuals and groups how to deliver corrective eyewear outreaches of their own, including how to assess eyesight deficiencies and distribute eyewear solutions to vision impaired people in need. Launch a Vision Correction Outreach
With charity , NPO and NGO organizations, as well as with individuals, service and faith based groups, to deliver vision correction outreaches helping people in the developing world to see. When possible, Global Eyesight Now also partners with volunteer ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) working in the developing world. These allow people assessed during vision correction outreaches, who are unable to wear eyeglasses due to cataracts and other eye diseases, to receive higher levels of medical eye care they need.
Deliver public education
To organizations, businesses, schools and community groups outlining the problem of refractive error in the developing world and current solutions in sight to correct it.
Encourage travel philanthropy
Inviting donors to sponsor specific outreaches in developing world countries and participate in them as volunteers (thereby experiencing their funds at work). Afterwards, donors may take time for themselves to explore countries on their own.
Encourage corporate sponsorship
From resource companies having large scale mining, oil and gas, construction and manufacturing projects in the developing world, where workers and communities may benefit from outreaches distributing corrective eyewear.
To help raise funds for Global Eyesight Now and to participate in corrective eyewear outreaches in the developing world.
While looking for ways to the make the distribution of corrective eyewear in the developing world sustainable
With optometrists so few and the cost of conventional eyeglasses so prohibitive, ways and means must be found to assess eyesight and provide low cost corrective eyewear on a broad scale, to vast numbers of people, on an economical, continuing basis.