Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East has put her support behind Clearly – a campaign to bring clear vision to the 2.5 billion people worldwide denied it as quickly as possible.
At an event hosted by Mrs Harris in parliament this week, Clearly demonstrated the simplicity of the solution to uncorrected poor vision by inviting MPs and peers to take a simple vision check using a smart phone app, powered by Peek Vision, and put on a pair of glasses – see attached image.
The Clearly campaign has had support from celebrities such as Annie Lennox, Lenny Henry, James Corden, Brenda Blethyn and Niall Horan from One Direction. They have called on Commonwealth leaders to put poor vision on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April.
Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East said:
“Shockingly, a third of the world’s population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from poor vision, which is the world’s largest unmet disability.
“Nine out of 10 of these people just need a simple pair of glasses – a solution that has been around for centuries and can be produced for as little as £1.
“I wouldn’t be able to do my job or go about my daily business without my glasses, and I know many of my constituents feel the same. The ability to get a simple sight test and buy glasses is often taken for granted in the UK but it is something that so many around the world are unable to do.
“I’m joining the Clearly campaign and calling on the Government and Commonwealth countries to put ‘vision for everyone’ on the agenda of their Heads of Government Meeting in London in April.”
James Chen, founder of Clearly said:
“I am delighted that Carolyn Harris MP has joined our campaign to help the whole world see clearly. This is an issue that has largely been forgotten but the solution has been on the end of our noses for centuries. Getting this issue on the Commonwealth agenda is a critical step to ensuring that those without clear vision are able to participate fully in life and fulfil their true potential.”
• Clearly’s event was held in Parliament on Tuesday 16th January
• Politicians from all parties came together to highlight that 2.5 billion people in the world cannot see clearly
• The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is in London and Windsor in the week of April 16th
• Clearly is working with a coalition of sight NGOs including Sightsavers, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Peek Vision, and the International Coalition for Trachoma Control. They are calling for leaders to commit to a Commonwealth that brings vision to everyone and that each country takes one significant action by 2020 towards that goal.
• To find out more about Clearly visit https://clearly.world
• To find out more about Peek Vision visit https://www.peekvision.org