J&J Vision Unveils New Collaboration to Fight Inequities in Eye Care Industry

J&J Vision Unveils New Collaboration to Fight Inequities in Eye Care Industry

September 17, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vision, a global leader in eye health, has recently partnered with Black EyeCare Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reshaping the color of the eye care industry. The partnership is dedicated to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion through awareness, education, and empowerment in collaboration with associations, public and community organizations.

As a part of the collaboration, Johnson & Johnson Vision signed the 13% Promise, an initiative aimed at increasing equal rights and representation in eye care companies, colleges of optometry, and optometry boards in the Black community. The initiative’s main goal is to raise the number of Black students in the optometry colleges to reflect the 13% of Black people in the U.S.

According to data from Black EyeCare Perspective, only 3.2% of students and 1.8% of faculty in optometry colleges are African Americans while the number of African Americans drops to 1.8% among practicing optometrists.

Becoming the first major eye health company to sign the 13% Promise, Johnson & Johnson Vision will contribute to the initiative by supporting sponsorships and new programs to improve representation of people of color in optometry, bringing more diversity and equity into the eye care industry, and creating more culturally relevant information and eye health education materials.

“As one of the largest eye health companies, we have an opportunity to drive change and bring more diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry for the greater good of the many patients and doctors we serve,” said Thomas Swinnen, President, North America, Johnson & Johnson Vision. “Our partnership with Black EyeCare Perspective is one of the many ways we can further support the future of optometry and work together to create quality, equitable experiences along with healthier outcomes across communities.”