Photo of Marlon, a young man from Nicaragua, wearing his new glasses

Giving Sight in Nicaragua and Beyond

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Marlon was once among the 17% of Nicaraguans who suffer from avoidable vision impairment. Just like many of his classmates, Marlon was unable to see the blackboard and struggling in school, all because he lacked access to an eye exam and glasses.

Today, Marlon can see! That’s because, in 2010, Optometry Giving Sight partnered with Brien Holden Vision Institute and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) International to help support the establishment of the Optometría Médica at the Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua. It’s the first optometry school in a country where only 5% of those who work in eye care are clinically trained.

The inaugural class graduated from UNAN in June 2016 and started serving in their communities. Marlon is one of many children the newly graduated optometrists have been able to help see a brighter future.

In October, VSP Global united with companies across the optical industry and eye care practices around the world to participate in the World Sight Day Challenge. The campaign raised more than $900,000 for Optometry Giving Sight to continue addressing avoidable vision impairment around the globe. That includes more than $40,000 raised or contributed by VSP Global employees on four continents to support the school of optometry in Nicaragua and other projects.

Support is needed for Optometry Giving Sight year-round. Find out how you can help.

Discover what improving long-term access to eye care and eyewear means for Marlon and the future of Nicaragua:


  • Thomas H. Small says:

    I was raised as a Catholic growing up in my family & I am glad your company is helping poor people in Nicaragua to improve their eye vision. God Bless you & all your company’s efforts to help people with their eye sight.

  • Sandra Monroy-irish says:

    Does VSP support any programs in Honduras?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Sandra,
      Another part of our outreach is through VSP Global Eyes of Hope, which has donated eyewear for VSP doctors who were delivering eye care on mission trips to Honduras. More information about our eyewear donation program is at
      -Angelina F.,VSP

  • Sergio says:

    This is beautiful work, regardless, but hits home since I am from Nicaragua.
    Keep up the great work

  • Duane says:

    I am touched whenever I see the faith of people and their willingness to help their fellow man. Even those they likely never meet. I appreciate the work that is being done by this program. I am the mission director for a ministry that does work in a sensitive Caribbean country. We collect donations to give to those in need and glasses and one item we try to provide when we get them. Could you provide a contact whereas I may be able to see if we could partner to help provide support to the people of this country? I can’t publicize the location here but can provide full details directly. Thank you

  • Bonnie says:

    What a wonderful thing you have done!

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