Vison impairment and blindness among agricultural workers and rural farmers causes a ripple effect that touches not only families, but entire communities. Fewer hands working the fields results in lower household income, less food reaching the market and more people going hungry.
Working towards food security
Image by Ulrich Eigner for Light for the World.
Better access to eye health services is an important element to ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Increased access to eye care in low-and-middle income countries can increase household spending per capita by 88% and the odds of obtaining paid employment by 10%, thus reducing poverty and hunger levels. A pair of eyeglasses for farmers can become a critical tool that creates a pathway for increased agricultural productivity and sustainable food production. A 2018 randomised control trial revealed that reading glasses improved worker productivity in an agricultural setting by 22% on average, and for those over 50 years old, productivity improved by almost 32%. It is therefore clear that providing eyeglasses to farmers and those responsible for our food resources has a profound impact on our global efforts to end world hunger.