Humanitarian Outreach

We are heavily involved in humanitarian outreach programmes with our partners, the World Optometry Foundation (WOF) and Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), and the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

The World Optometry Foundation (WOF) is a complementary, not-for-profit organisation that was established by WCO to finance projects that foster self-sufficiency and long-term independence among developing nations. WOF was a founding member of  Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), the only global fundraising initiative specifically targeting the prevention of blindness due to refractive error and helping those with permanent low vision.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error (URE) – simply the need for an eye examination and glasses. It was established in 2003 by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a means of mobilizing support from the global eye care profession and industry to help eliminate the backlog of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired – currently estimated at more than 600 million worldwide. It is a registered charity in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, and Italy. In the UK we work in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas.

Our Children’s Vision (OCV) is an initiative of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Essilor Vision for Life. It is supported by 63 partners who together, aim to ensure that 50 million children gain access to the eye care they need by 2020; that eye health programs are integrated into school health programs, and that there is increased awareness of the risk of myopia on children’s vision.

Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) develops new solutions for vision care, especially refractive error, and work to eliminate vision impairment and avoidable blindness, thereby improving quality of life for people in need and helping to reduce disability and poverty. BHVI is a social enterprise, and invests any revenues resulting from its work into creating scientific solutions and developing and delivering eye care and education programs around the world.