CHARENTON-LE-POINT and PARIS, France—EssilorLuxottica and the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety announce a partnership that reinforces their commitment to promote good vision on the road. In alignment with its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations called for its member countries to ensure good vision for all road users. Since that call to action, EssilorLuxottica has used its resources and track-record in vision care to promote this issue. As part of this collaboration and starting with the UN Global Road Safety Week on May 15th, EssilorLuxottica launched an awareness campaign to support the United Nations road safety targets and to highlight the call to action: “Check your vision - Drive Safe”. This campaign will be rolled out across EssilorLuxottica’s business networks in an effort to reach the widest possible audience.

Paul du Saillant, Deputy CEO of EssilorLuxottica, said, “We are honored to support the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety in promoting better vision for better road safety, in line with both our mission to help people ‘see more and be more’ and our ‘Eyes on the Planet’ sustainability program. It is our collective responsibility together with eye care professionals to share the call to action with consumers across the world, contributing to safer roads.”

Jean Todt, UN secretary-general’s special envoy for road safety, said, “As we start a new Decade of Action for Road Safety, we have a key role to play by our actions at all levels, from authorities to individuals. Like buckling up your safety belt, and wearing a helmet, it is important to check your vision, protect your eyes from glare, wear your prescribed glasses on the road: simple rules can save lives.”

Up to 90 percent of the information needed on the road comes through the eyes, making good vision critical for drivers, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians. However, awareness and access to solutions remain low overall: Studies (Eyewear Usage and Attitudes 2019 – Brazil, China, India, France and US, wearers and non-wearers aged 5 to 65) show that accurate vision and glare management are largely under-addressed, with 68 percent of regular drivers admitting their vision is not perfect for driving or riding in full safety at night and 46 percent of them during the day. Moreover, 70 percent of people confirm their vision is hindered by sunlight and 30 percent by cars’ headlights at night.

EssilorLuxottica has driven significant change in the awareness about the importance of good vision on and off the road, together with strategic global partners, such as the UN and the FIA (Fédération Internationale Automobile). Regular eye exams, accurate vision correction to see clearly at all distances and proper solutions to manage glare both at night and during the day are key to enjoy a safer daily mobility.