Humanitarian Missions – The Importance of Supplying Reading Glasses

Humanitarian Missions – The Importance of Supplying Reading Glasses

A number of studies have shown that vision impairment is a major concern in developing countries. Yet, many humanitarian organizations seeking to provide the best help to those in these regions of the world often overlook a simple solution – providing reading glasses to those in need. 

The consequence of diminished sight has a ripple effect on societies in developing countries. The individual, of course, may find it difficult to read simple instructions. This could impact how they function and learn in schools and training programs offered by humanitarian organizations. It could influence how they manage their health if they cannot easily read instructions from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. It could have an impact on how they function in their village or town if they cannot adequately see clearly to view store displays, road signs, and warnings.

The ripples move outward – to the immediate family and beyond. The person with limited sight is less able to take care of basic functions around the home, such as caring for an infant or an elderly person. This individual, more than likely, is also limited in the work they can perform outside of the home. Therefore, they become a burden to the larger family unit rather than being a nurturer and provider.

From the home to the village and on to the concerns of the state, the effect of vision on society is an important one. It is being addressed, to a certain degree, globally. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a “World Report on Vision” (see: ).

In this report, one will quickly take note of the fact that this ripple effect spoken of above expands out to the countries that humanitarian organizations are seeking to help and improve. The overall productivity and economy of these developing countries are affected by issues related to poor vision.

Whereas this is a very large issue, which involves topics from prenatal care and overall nutrition on to corrective actions such as eye surgeries, the focus of this article in more specific. That is, it is well within the ability of virtually all humanitarian organizations to source, package, ship and supply reading glasses to those in need in developing countries.

So, let’s get to some basic questions about sourcing and supplying reading glasses for those in need in developing nations.

Where can glasses be obtained?

There are many manufacturers who provide wholesale reading glasses at discounted rates or in some cases can provide limited quantities at no charge.

Contact a wholesale reading manufacturer for prices and be sure to let them know about your mission.

Will glasses provided by manufacturers work for children as well as adults?

This is a good question to ask when reaching out to potential suppliers. Obviously, one would like to have a supply of glasses in various sizes to fit a variety of head sizes. This would also hold true as to acquiring a range of magnifications for different vision needs.

How will I know how to fit the right glasses to the right person?

This is another good question, but probably not as difficult to solve as you might think. You do not need to be a trained optometrist. Ask yourself – have you ever watched people (kids and adults alike) choose a pair of reading glasses from a rack at the local drug store or a department store? Do they not try a few pairs of glasses until they find the one that is right for them?

We have been providing a variety of the best quality wholesale reading glasses for over 40 years. If you have questions about wholesale reading glasses, please reach out at 1-800-613-2657.

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