HOYA announces partnership with Orbis UK

Press release: The Vision Care company joins forces with Orbis to fight avoidable blindness in India

In collaboration with Orbis UK, HOYA UK aims to raise £50,000 over the next three years to establish a new Green Vision Centre in India. The center will be providing comprehensive eye health services to an estimated 100,000 children and adults through sustainable means, via the use of solar panels, software, and energy efficient appliances.

HOYA UK’s fundraising activities in 2023, which will include the London Marathon, Welsh Three Peaks and in-practice contactless donation terminals, will support the development of the Vision Centre, which will offer affordably priced care for low-income individuals, or free care for those who cannot pay.

Orbis, an international charity that works with partners across the world to train healthcare workers, raise awareness of eye health, and improve vital access to eye health services, has been working in India for over 20 years, which is home to the largest number of blind children in any one country, and to 9.3 million children with visual impairment.

A young boy reads his book at an Orbis supported vision centre

Rebecca Cronin, CEO Orbis UK

Edu­ca­tions and liveli­hoods can be severe­ly impact­ed by a lack of access to qual­i­ty eye care, and small inter­ven­tions can make a large dif­fer­ence. Some­times a sim­ple pair of glass­es is all it takes to help a child to see their books for school or sup­port an adult in their work. Thanks to HOYA UK, this new vision cen­tre will bring much need­ed eye care and treat­ment options to the doorstep of anoth­er community.”

In addition to the UK activities, globally HOYA Vision Care has renewed its partnership with Orbis International for the next three years. The support will focus on helping school children gain access to vision services in India, and on training eye care professionals around the world through Cybersight, Orbis’s award-winning telemedicine platform.

Alexandre Montague, CEO HOYA Vision Care

Improv­ing vision over a life­time, that is our mis­sion at HOYA Vision Care. And for that rea­son, we are excit­ed to part­ner with Orbis, in India and beyond. This part­ner­ship takes us anoth­er step in the direc­tion of clos­ing the vision health gap, enabling every­one to expe­ri­ence the gift of sight.”

Glasses can make a huge difference to a child's education

HOYA’s generous contribution will directly impact four centres and three hospitals associated with them. In addition, HOYA’s support will enable Orbis partners to screen the vision of more than 500,000 children and provide more than 15,000 glasses as part of the REACH (Refractive Error Among Children) programme in India. REACH aims to reduce visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error (a vision problem that makes it hard to see clearly) among school-going children.

HOYA Vision Care’s partnership will also benefit Cybersight, an online telemedicine platform which provides eye care professionals with free virtual access to training, knowledge, and other resources. HOYA’s contribution will focus on myopia (nearsightedness) and help to reach thousands of eye health professionals in areas with a high prevalence of the condition, such as China and parts of Southeast Asia, with the skills they need to provide quality care to their patients.

HOYA Vision Care has partnered with Orbis since 2021 and was instrumental in the REACH team’s ability to adapt to a new and innovative door-to-door screening model when schools were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. HOYA Vision Care and Orbis are continuing to work together to expand their collaboration across many other locations to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to quality eye care.

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