Clear vision is the golden thread that will help reduce poverty and deliver quality education, decent work and gender equality. The benefits would be felt around the world, but the greatest impact would be in developing countries, which account for 90% of the people living without access to vision correction.

Our aim is to bring clear vision to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are being denied it. Here is what we are doing to make it happen.

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Policy, standards and regulations
We will undertake randomised controlled trials to ascertain whether the correction of refractive error amongst school-going children can improve educational attainment? 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
We will have results by September 2021 with some interim findings. These will be disseminated widely to government decision makers, business leaders and NGOs.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Inclusive environments in the workplace
We will use the findings of our forthcoming research on the links between the correction of refractive error among workers and increases in productivity (and subsequent research on uncorrected refractive error and labour participation) to encourage work-based vision programmes by employers around the world.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
We will launch our campaign in the autumn and seek initial expressions of interest from businesses by spring 2019.

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

We will encourage Commonwealth governments to honour the commitments they made at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to deliver ‘quality eye care for all’ and seek to broaden this commitment among non-Commonwealth countries by working within the UN system.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018