In partnership with the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) in India, the OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation is providing free vision screenings and prescription glasses to India’s public transit drivers. This program was established in March 2022 and has screened over 5,500 public transportation drivers since its launch, with the goal of screening 50,000 drivers by December 2022. Dr. Krishna Prasad Kudlu, Chairman and Managing Director of Prasad Netralaya Super Speciality Eye Hospital Group, said, “This has given us the opportunity to provide quality eye care services to the drivers, resulting in safer roads for the entire community.”
Every day 3,700 people die on the world’s roads, making road accidents the leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 5 - 29. Preventing traffic-related injuries and fatalities is crucial to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health, cities and infrastructure, where road safety plays an important role.
With up to 90% of the information needed on the road coming through our eyes, good vision is critical for drivers, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians to make safe and appropriate decisions. However, there is a substantial lack of awareness about the importance of good vision and access to sustainable eye care remains limited in large parts of the world, with 1 in 3 people still suffering from uncorrected poor vision.
Together, we’re helping public transportation drivers in India see clearly.