2020: A Year in Review

At the end of 2019, I was invited to contribute to an article for INVISION Magazine on the topic of 2020 vision trends. In the article, I offered the thought that “vision health will become part of the wider public health conversation.” Who would have known that just after I made that seemingly innocuous prediction, our world would be turned upside down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic?

Like so many organizations, the Vision Impact Institute was challenged this year. We were required to ask ourselves how we continue advocating for good vision at a time when the single most important health crisis affecting the world demands priority over all else, including vision.

As we wrap up 2020, we are happy to share some of the unique and different approaches we took this year to continue using evidence-based research as a foundation for sharing the message of good vision, advocating on behalf of others, and empowering others to take the story further.

Looking back on the year, and despite all that we’ve faced, I still believe that earlier prediction to be true. With renewed optimism, and building upon what we learned this year, we will ensure that vision health continues to be a priority for the success of generations to come.

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Our curated global vision research remains essential to our mission, and it’s key to helping you and so many others in our field make the case for good vision. 

In 2020, we added to our foundation of evidence-based research, systematic reviews, and study summaries from which we build awareness, advocate for action, and engage with other vision leaders and experts.

In total, we added 151 new research studies and reports to our growing evidence database of 600+ research studies from all over the world.

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With travel at a standstill, like so many, we convened mainly through screens and audio. This created unique opportunities to connect with eye care professionals around the world – inspiring individuals who serve as local advocates for good vision in their respective places of influence.

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In 2020, we had the opportunity to shape the conversation around good vision through the voices of experts both inside and outside the vision space. Challenged with bringing greater visibility to important topics, guest bloggers and partners from organizations like EYElliance, The Cooper Institute, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Essilor and many others helped us highlight the macro-level impacts of poor vision.

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Digital learning was top of mind in 2020 as students and educators transitioned from schools to home. As vision advocates, we had a responsibility to reach and inform parents and teachers about this new learning environment. Realizing our ability to reach and engage our global community of professionals around the benefits of good vision in a digital world, and in collaboration with The Cooper Institute, we amplified vision’s connection to children’s learning and health.

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“We applaud the efforts by our individual and coalition partners to prioritize better life through better sight. As advocates for good vision, we must continue to seek opportunities to ensure that vision care is no longer treated as optional. Let us continue to embrace every effort to “do something” for the millions around the world who are counting on us to help pave their way.”

Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director