Essilor global mobilization for World Sight Day
Numerous initiatives for raising public awareness about the importance of regular eyesight checks
In support of World Sight Day, Essilor's subsidiaries throughout the world held events with free eyesight checks to raise public awareness about the importance of good vision.
Regular eyesight checks are extremely important, but to this day only one person out of ten undergoes an annual screening. Essilor has always embraced social initiatives at national and global level, as testified by the Group's constant commitment to wider social responsibility.
Essilor took part in yesterday's World Sight Day promoted by the World Health Organization with a series of global initiatives aimed at raising public awareness about the importance of having a regular analysis of eyesight functions. In this context and under the banner "Together with Essilor Vision Foundation", Essilor Group subsidiaries confirmed their presence in the field by organizing local initiatives and information campaigns, by raising funds and offering eyesight tests, in line with the Foundation's actions in the United States since 2007.
The Italian subsidiary involved its employees, who added to the contribution made by the subsidiary to the "Optometry Giving Sight" funds for the sustainable development of eyesight treatments aimed at providing the most needy communities with the necessary tools.
Optometry Giving Sight is a combined initiative by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the World Optometry Foundation and the International Centre for Eyecare Education that helps to solve refractive problems, worldwide.
"Seeing well is not just everyone's right, it is also an essential resource that contributes to improving the quality of life. For Essilor, World Sight Day was the occasion for placing more emphasis on this crucial subject ", stated Marco Caccini, Managing Director of Essilor Italia. "We are proud to have taken an active part in World Sight Day and, thanks to the voluntary contribution made by the subsidiary's employees, Essilor Italia has supported Optometry Giving Sight in the fight against and treatment of blindness and avoidable disabilities".
The Essilor Group also joined Lions Club International during the key event of the Association's world campaign held yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey. On that occasion, Essilor, a partner of Lions Club International for over ten years, funded free eye exams in three of the city's hospitals.