The importance of visual health is not widely understood. Information is a critical driver for raising awareness among the general public and policymakers.

The social and economic
costs of poor vision

Seeing well is essential. It’s important for education, health and safety and our quality of life. 80 of what our children learn is through sight and yet 30% of the world’s children have a vision problem. Almost 30% of the global workforce has poor vision. And this has a considerable social and economic impact. Yet in many cases, people with visual impairments do not even know they need a correction because they have never had a sight test.

N°1 poor vision is the world’s biggest disability

30% of the working population doesn't have access to the visual correction it needs

5 billion people will be short-sighted by 2050

272 billion Intl. Dollar is the annual global cost of lost productivity as a result of poor vision

Increasing awareness through

Created in 2012 by Essilor and led by five independent directors, the Vision Impact Institute is a non-profit organization that collects global scientific data on visual health. Its goal is to consolidate this research and share it with policymakers and the general public in order to raise awareness of the socio-economic impact of poor vision. Today, the Vision Impact Institute website has one of the richest databases in the world on visual correction and eye health.

5 languages available on The Vision Impact Institut website: English, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish

+450 studies and reports available on the Vision Impact Institute website in 2019


The Vision Impact Institute's Advisory Board includes one Director from each continent to ensure that local needs and expectations are taken into account.

Grassroots action
to raise awareness

We work on a local, national and international level to raise awareness about visual health. Actions include events and media campaigns such as Think About Your Eyes in the United States and in Britain and local campaigns for eye screening, including a global campaign each World Sight Day. We also finance the research and collection of statistics about vision health.



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