Essilor announced a partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on a $1 billion Vision Catalyst Fund intended to provide viable eye health solutions to global populations.
The trust was established in 2012 and serves communities across the Commonwealth, which comprises 2.4 million people in 53 countries.
Essilor stated in a press release that access to improved vision care is an essential building block to generating a more equitable society.
“A simple pair of glasses has the power to change a person’s life and create positive ripple effects on the social and economic development of their community,” chief executive and chairman of Essilor, Hubert Sagnieres, said in the release.
Continuing its dedication to underserved communities, Essilor intends to elevate vision care infrastructure and provide free ophthalmic lenses to 200 million people in the Commonwealth living below the poverty line by 2030.
“We are at a historic moment where, thanks to the efforts of a diverse but united community, we have the potential to bring vision to everyone, everywhere within just one generation,” Astrid Bonfield, PhD, CBE, chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said in the release. “Essilor’s visionary commitment is set to be truly transformational and takes us a step forward towards realizing our goal of quality eye care being a part of everyday life for everyone.”