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For millions of children in the developed and developing world,
a pair of glasses changes everything.

 

From the moment children wake in the morning, until they rest their heads at night – they use their eyes.

To learn at school, they need to be able to see their texts and lessons on the board. To develop relationships with their peers, they need to be able to see faces and play safely. To take in the world around them – they use their eyes.

For millions of children around the world, life without clear vision is normal. For them, not being able to see their lessons, or recognise the faces of their friends is normal. The crazy thing is that we have the solution and it doesn’t require the latest technology or comprehensive strategies. We have had it for centuries - a simple pair of glasses.

We need to help every child, everywhere get access to the eye care and the glasses they need to change the course of their future for the better.

 


Health

There are many amazing interventions for children’s health, unfortunately eye care is often left off the list. As a contributing factor to a child’s overall health, eye health interventions must be incorporated into routine health checks globally.

Education

Right now there are children who are missing out on an education simply because they do not have the glasses they need to see. This is not ok. Access to eye care lends to better education outcomes in children at every stage of their development.

Equality

Girls are less likely to access eye care services than their male counterparts. This starts a cycle of inequality that is difficult to recover from. Vision problems in young girls can limit their education opportunities. A pair of glasses can help girls stay on the path of opportunity.

Development

Nations without sufficient education opportunities for their children suffer. When children are limited even further by a vision problem, their future and the future of their countries are less bright. The productivity lost due to vision impairment is estimated to cost the global economy US$202 billion annually.


Access to eye care has changed the lives of millions.

 

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WHY WE NEED A CONSOLIDATED EFFORT

80%

approx. 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system.

90%

of the world's vision impaired are located in developing nations, where services are limited.

80%

of all vision impairment is preventable or curable.

63%

of vision impairment in the 0 -15 age group is due to refractive error.

 

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