October 4, 2019
Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to helping the nearly 285 million people around the world who face vision impairment. They’ve determined that 50 per cent of the world’s population needs vision correction, while only 10 per cent receive treatment. The company has made it a priority to improve these statistics.
Part of Johnson & Johnson’s approach includes collaborations, education and community engagement with institutions like Seneca – home to Canada’s largest opticianry program, which welcomes 120 students annually.
At Seneca, Johnson & Johnson Vision is investing in the next generation of opticians with the newly established Johnson & Johnson Vision Award. This award will provide two bursaries of $2,500 annually over the next five years to full-time opticianry students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
“Johnson & Johnson Vision’s support of our opticianry students will help to ensure they have the funds to complete their studies and fill the ever-increasing industry need for well-trained opticians,” said Seneca opticianry professor Shan Khan. “Our students come from diverse backgrounds, and many are supporting themselves and their families. The financial relief these Johnson & Johnson Vision bursaries provide will make a positive difference in their lives.”
Johnson & Johnson has also served as a career destination for nearly 80 Seneca alumni in various programs and has supported Seneca’s Opticianry students with financial aid dating back to 2009. This latest gift reaffirms their dedication to “help people honour their eyes across their entire lives” by supporting the professionals who will help them.
“For Johnson & Johnson Vision, it’s is all about collaborating with the brightest around the world, said Ted Lachmansingh, Business Director, Vision Care Canada. “Partnering with institutions like Seneca help us to gain insights from patients and clinicians, and translate those insights into improvements in products, patient care, and ultimately life itself.”