optrel donates Light for the World
As a leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment in the highest safety class, optrel AG assumes responsibility for the health of its customers and has been doing so for more than three decades - on a daily basis, millions of times all around the world.
In addition to ensuring comfort and efficiency of optrel's high-tech automatic welding helmets, their focus is on protecting the eyesight of welders. The welding arc produces a UV (ultraviolet) and IR (infrared) radiation. Although, invisible to the welder, these rays can cause massive damage to the unprotected eye. Exposure to UV rays may cause pain and harm to the cornea and conjunctiva while IR radiation may result in an opacity of the lens, known as a cataract. In worst cases, these rays may cause blindness.
Each optrel welding helmet is developed and manufactured in the headquarters in Wattwil, Switzerland and is ensured with permanent UV/IR protection and equipped with a UV/IR filter.
Optrel’s optical thin film filter, consists of about 30 different metallic layers. Each filter is subject to the most stringent quality requirements and ensures that the harmful radiation is 100% blocked. The visible and harmless light that is being transmitted, gives the welder a colorfast and unadulterated view of the weld metal. Optrel's quality products help prevent sighted people from becoming blind from these harmful rays.
Optrel now goes one step further and wants to help give blind people the chance to see again by working in close cooperation with the disability and development organization' Light for the World'.
The initiative plans to launch a special edition of the latest, most successful optrel panoramaxx in a limited amount of 200 pieces.
The design competition, in which numerous agencies from Switzerland and abroad took part, was won by the engineering and design agency QUO AG from Glattpark in the canton of Zurich with its model.
The total sales proceeds will be donated to the initiative "optrel donates light to the world" and will enable 3,000 cataract surgeries.
Twenty million people have lost their eyesight due to cataracts, making it the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Through a short and simple surgery available in Europe, eyesight can be restored to these people. Sadly, in poverty regions, this is not the case.
However, helping those people pays off: According to the WHO, every euro spent on blindness prevention, four euros are available for the local economy.
“Thankfully, we are able to prevent and cure blindness at the same time. By purchasing one of the Special Edition welding helmets, every one of those 200 welders protects his eyesight from blindness. In addition, he is giving fifteen people the chance to become cured by enabling them to have cataract surgery,” says Marco Koch, owner of optrel.
In this project, optrel cooperates with Light for the World, a global disability and development organization, unleashing human potential to enrich society. The organization enables crucial eye health services and empowers people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world.
“Thanks to optrel's campaign we are making 3,000 eye operations come true. This brings 3,000 people back to life which is an extraordinary role model for social engagement for us.” – Rupert Roniger, CEO of Light for the World
Join us donating eyesight and take responsibility to fight against preventable blindness!
The Special Edition helmets can be ordered from May 15, 2018. The light for the world panoramaxx is expected to be delivered in July 2018.