Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered

“Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful”

- Helen Keller

Out of the 217 million with moderate to severe vision impairment, India is home to 56.6 million, including over 8.8 million with blindness. Eye care can sometimes be an uphill battle, but one that’s worth waging, because over 80% of blindness can be cured, given the right treatment. This is the foundation for the Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered initiative.

At Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered, our mission is to treat avoidable blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye care and make it easier for those affected to return to education and work.

In India, we have opened 135 vision centers across 22 states and have conducted 2.36 million cataract surgeries and dispensed close to 1,97,000 spectacles overall benefitting close to 14 million people since the inception of Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered programme. We plan to declare 3000 villages blindness free and open 200 vision centres over the next 2 years, with the first batch of 90 opening by December 2020. These vision centres are expected to benefit 6.8 million people.