Essilor is a proud Gold sponsor of the 2nd World Congress of Optometry (WCO) in Hyderabad, India.

In line with Essilor’s mission of improving lives by improving sight, the Congress will focus on “Accessible, quality vision and eye health”.

Essilor is committed to partnering with the WCO to raise awareness on the importance of vision and the key role of optometrists in providing vision care to patients and customers around the world.

More than 1200 eye care professionals are expected to attend the Congress which will this year focus on Accessible, quality vision and eye health. The theme relates to the WHO “Universal Eye Health: A global Action plan 2014-2019” targeting a 25% reduction of avoidable vision impairment by 2019. Lectures and seminars will be presented by leading experts from across the globe, featuring cutting edge research and clinical practice. The Congress also serves to define the agenda of accessible vision care.

For 170-years Essilor has pioneered ophthalmic optics innovation and it continues to invest in solutions that bring better vision to people who need it around the world. Working closely with the optical industry, the Essilor Group supports eye care professionals by driving public awareness, creating value through innovation and services and sharing scientific education through dedicated centres, such as The International Vision Academy in Singapore and The Essilor Academy in Paris.

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Chief Mission Officer of Essilor International, said: “Essilor is proud to work hand in hand with optometrists and other eye care professionals all over the world to address growing consumer needs. Today one third of the world’s population suffers from uncorrected poor vision, arguably the world’s biggest disability. Addressing this issue is a big challenge for all of us in the optical industry but I am confident that together we can create awareness and access to solve the problem in one generation. I congratulate the WCO for choosing to focus on such a relevant and pressing topic for this years’ Congress.”

Essilor partner, The Vision Impact Institute, has been actively involved in raising the priority of vision care since its inception. Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director, Vision Impact Institute, will share data at the Congress with a focus on “Vision and Road safety”. This relates to the recent announcement of a three year partnership between Essilor and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Essilor and India’s national FIA club will share more on this partnership to promote the role of vision in road safety and the importance of regular vision checks, at the Essilor/FIA booth.

Essilor’s support of optometrists and other eye care professionals is deeply rooted in the Group’s 170 years history. As the industry faces increasing demand for better vision, Essilor furthers its commitment and to eye care professionals all over the world.