VisionSpring has provided the first-ever vision screening for the Dalai Lama’s community members. Taking place in June in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh India, VisionSpring screened the eyesight of 681 monks, artisans and students in schools run by His Holiness. In total, 385 community members now have clear vision through VisionSpring eyeglasses.
Commenting on the work of VisionSpring, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: “I know from personal experience how a pair of eyeglasses can change someone’s life for the better. I am pleased to know about the good work being done by VisionSpring to correct the vision of underprivileged people, young and old, in Dharamshala recently and in other places as well.”
VisionSpring, India’s Board of Directors and leadership team also had the honor of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and receiving his blessings.
Talking about the visit, Anshu Taneja, Managing Director of VisionSpring, India added: “We are grateful to His Holiness for this humbling opportunity and his support for our mission to make clear vision through eyeglasses accessible and affordable for all.
It was a huge privilege for our team to visit the Gyato, Kirti and Namgyal Buddhist monasteries and the Norbulingka art institute – where ancient Tibetan art is practised – to provide eyeglasses to His Holiness’ community members, the first pair for most.”
According to the World Health Organisation, more than one billion people worldwide do not have the eyeglasses they need to see clearly and the endorsement from His Holiness shines a light on the importance of making affordable eye care accessible to all.
Eyeglasses are one of the most underutilized, low-cost, high-impact tools available to boost economic and social outcomes for individuals vulnerable to poverty. Studies show the transformative impact of improved access to eyecare – boosting productivity, improving educational outcomes, and enhancing general health and wellbeing, including by helping wearers stay engaged with holy texts.