Advocacy in Action
The Vision Impact Institute (VII) is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of vision correction and protection to make good vision a global priority. As a result of the progress made, we are expanding advocacy efforts in unique ways in the following geographies:
In conjunction with the Essilor Vision Foundation and other organizations, the VII is supporting programs in Canada that advocate for eye exams for children entering school.
The VII partnered with Peking University’s Professor Ling Li to present the State of Vision in China, a comprehensive report that outlines the impact of uncorrected vision on China’s economy and children’s academic performance, to government leaders. The report and subsequent presentation included a call to action for policy change.
In conjunction with the Essilor Vision Foundation and the Ministry of Education, the VII is advocating for children’s vision through a pilot program that provides vision screenings to school children in France.
With a specific focus on refractive error, the VII is creating awareness of and advocating for a change in policy pertaining to vision health of children and drivers. The VII is also actively supporting research in India centered on school children and vision standards for workers in cottage industries.
To advocate for government intervention around vision requirements for drivers in Italy, the VII sponsored a study conducted by the Consorzio Milano Ricerche that evaluated the assessments needed to ensure proper visual correction for licensed drivers.
The VII is supporting the research needs for Salud Digna and other organizations who aim to enhance people’s accessibility to medical treatment for visual issues, including myopia and presbyopia, in Mexico.
The VII is serving as a research partner for an initiative aimed to influence legislation on standards for vision testing of drivers. The Drive Blind campaign is leading the conversation around drivers’ safety in England and is generating awareness on the topic to promote the need for policy change.
The VII is partnering with VSP and Optometry Giving Sight to pilot Kids See: Success, a policy changing program that would require eye exams for children in the United States entering kindergarten.