Having spent over five years rattling the cages and spreading our message far and wide, today the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution entitled Vision for Everyone, committing member states to achieving that goal. My hope is that we can do this by the time the first person walks on Mars, so everyone in the world will be able to see it.
This is the story of my journey to help the world to see clearly — James Chen
To celebrate the launch of Through the Looking Glasses and World Sight Day 2020, we had a global bedtime story, where we followed bedtimes across the world with some of our favourite stories from the collection. Check them out now!
For World Sight Day 2020, we have published Through the Looking Glasses, a collection of stories and illustrations on seeing clearly. Click above to get your own free copy!
A ‘scandalous’ failure by local authorities to provide eye tests in schools is putting 50,000 young children at risk of poor vision or even sight loss, Clearly has warned.
Clearly is joined in its call to the UK Government for a ‘universal and consistent’ vision screening service for 4–5 year olds by the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.
Half of Britain’s schoolchildren suffered from tired eyes or headaches while being home-schooled during lockdown, according to a YouGov survey released today. Now, one in 10 children report that they see worse than before lockdown.
On 4 January 2021, Clearly, the charity founded in 2016 by James Chen to raise the profile of vision among world leaders, will merge into the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), a network of over 150 members working in international eye health and leading global advocacy body for the sight sector.
In a sign of the growing strength of the sector and progress that has been made on the issue over the last five years, the move is designed to combine the two organisations’ advocacy and campaigning expertise and bring renewed pressure on global actors and governments to end the vision crisis. At least one billion people worldwide have sight loss which could be prevented or addressed.
An app designed to help children take time away from the screen to prevent eyestrain has been launched by scientists from the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center in Guangzhou, China.
The app, Recess and Exercise Advocacy Program, or REAP, is a live-streaming platform that lets users capture short videos and photographs on smartphones, showing them doing physical exercise or relaxing away from a screen or monitor, during breaks from home schooling.
In a recent article, YPO discusses two of its Global Impact Award regional finalists – James Chen and Sam Ifergan. Both James’ philanthropic initiatives and Sam’s tech startup are helping millions of people see clearly for the very first time.
James Chen, Clearly’s founder, has been featured in China Daily discussing his goal to get the world to see clearly.
James described his latest mission as the Glasses in Classes campaign, calling on Commonwealth leaders to provide sight tests, affordable glasses and other treatments for school children.
We’ve created a new activity pack for those families across the world who are stuck at home. Within the pack, you can learn some fun facts about one of the most important features on our face… our eyes! You can also take part in some family-friendly activities like finding your…
At Clearly, we’ve created a new science pack for children aged 6-16 to make homeschooling fun!
With our pack, your children can learn about the importance of good vision whilst taking part in some fun activities, too. Once you’ve completed the pack, why not take a photo in your new funky frames? To make sure we see and share your pics, tag @ClearlyWorld and #GlassesInClasses
Commonwealth leaders have been urged to provide sight tests, affordable glasses and other treatments to address the “vision crisis among school children” at an event hosted by the Vision for the Commonwealth and The Countess of Wessex at St James’s Palace.