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ZEISS Vision Care supports World Sight Day 2023

Article first published: October 2023

This year's World Sight Day is Thursday, October 12, and the global community is focusing attention on the importance of eye care in the workplace. And World Sight Day is always about raising awareness of the fact that many millions of people do not have access to regular eye care, mostly because they live in rural areas in underserved communities. Bringing eye and vision care to the underprivileged and unserved is a goal shared by many companies, eye clinics, eye care professionals, NGOs and dedicated individuals, including ZEISS.

2022/2023 impressions from the Aloka Vision Programme

With its Aloka Vision programme, ZEISS focuses on community eye care in underserved rural areas, for underprivileged communities and underprivileged school children in India and Nepal. Community eye care is about bringing partners together and joining forces to create a sustainable impact. Together with partners and colleagues, we are working to scale up our program to serve more and more patients, sustainably, with frequent eye exams, vision testing, and provision of customized eyeglasses and reading glasses. In line with the WHO's guiding principle, we are implementing integrated, people-centered eye care, which means providing services at the point of care, providing quality care, and not only providing eyeglasses, but also treating non-refractive errors such as cataracts.


Launched in 2015/16, the Aloka Vision Programme has now reached the milestone of 1,520,000 patients benefiting from the program, provided 250,000 glasses, helped 18,600 people with non-refractive errors, and reached 5,030 communities and schools. World Sight Day is a welcome opportunity to share some insights and plans.

Social business, not charity

The core idea of Aloka as a social business, to create a self-sustaining and self-growing project, is working after several changes in the supply chain and business model, with ZEISS in the role of driving program development, developing new technologies and onboarding new partners. Why sell glasses and not give them away?

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Reaching the unserved

In India, a yatra is a journey with a purpose. At the Aloka Vision Program, we undertake yatras every year to visit unserved regions, find new partners, and expand our reach. Joins us on our trips.

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About the Aloka Vision Programme

Aloka has been operational in India since 2015. The team is based in Bengaluru, Karnataka for all field operations, partner relations, supply chain and program development. Today it is led by Dr. Premjeeth Moodbidri with a core team of optometrists and back-office staff. It is supported by the Optometry Council of India, students from optometry colleges, Lions Club volunteers, ophthalmologists, health workers - and our partners: non-governmental organizations committed to promoting clear vision for all.

The entire operation is set up as an independent entity, initiated and supported by ZEISS, but self-governed and working as a partnership network for NGOs, hospitals, and institutions. The Aloka Vision Program is part of ZEISS' social engagement and social business strategy and has been established to contribute to the sustainability goals of the ZEISS Group, which include a commitment to eye care and public health.

About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 38,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 30 September 2022). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

Further information at www.zeiss.com

ZEISS Vision Care

ZEISS Vision Care is one of the world's leading manufacturers of eyeglass lenses and ophthalmic instruments. The unit is allocated to the Consumer Markets segment and develops and produces offerings for the entire eyeglass value chain that are distributed globally under the ZEISS brand.

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