Millions of children around the world are suffering from vision impairment. Without access to eye care, they continue to struggle in school – even though the treatment is simple: they just need a pair of glasses.

80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system – from textbooks to visual cues, to teachers writing on a blackboard.

Vision is vital to educational attainment. It allows children to participate in sports and social activities, and it allows them to foster friendships, strengthen self-esteem and maintain overall well-being – as well as being essential to the development of their physical and mental health.

But for many children in the developing world, life without clear vision is the norm. Picture sitting in a classroom and struggling to see the blackboard, or the faces of the friends you interact with every day.

Imagine the impact on your learning and eventually your future beyond education. For many, doing well in school is the difference between escaping the cycle of poverty, and passing it on to the next generation.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Our school project provides thousands of children with free eye tests and glasses, so vision impairment no longer limits their potential or future.

For a child, a pair of glasses changes every thing


Schools participated in children screening project


Schoolchildren where screened for sight loss


Glasses distributed to participating children

Together we can turn the TIDE on preventable blindness.

When people get their sight back, it’s a miracle that changes their lives for the better.

We promise:

  • To never give up on our goal of ending preventable blindness
  • To be smart, strategic and sustainable in our fight against sight loss
  • Our track record speaks for itself. We have been restoring sight one eye at a time since 1989.