Did you know according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), restoring sight is one of the most cost effective health interventions to reduce poverty?

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia, or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

Our Vision

No one lives in poverty because of poor eyesight; no one lives with poor eyesight because of poverty.

Our Mission

To enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.



Key Facts

  • 1.1 billion people worldwide can't see properly simply because they need glasses. Two-thirds of those affected are women.

  • £200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see clearly

  • 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured

  • 13 million children around the world need glasses

  • 89% of people who are visually impaired live in developing countries