Vision Project was launched successfully in Omanthai. Many school children and teachers were examined by Eye Technician. At this location 61, Prescription eye Glasses were distributed. Targeting to reach 160 children in 2018.
To a striking degree, children's school performance—and how they feel and behave in class—is affected by vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 80 percent of all learning during a child's first 12 years comes through the eyes. Furthermore, many youngsters are misdiagnosed with learning disabilities when they actually have an undetected vision problem.
Causes We believe that there are five underlying reasons why young people do not have access to eyeglasses – awareness, access, affordability, attractiveness, and accuracy.
Awareness - Many living in poor villages are unaware either that they suffer from poor vision, or that poor vision can be corrected.
Access - Eyeglasses are primarily available in urban optical shops; they are only rarely available in rural areas.
Affordability - The total cost of obtaining corrective eyeglasses is too high – including time lost to work in traveling to multiple screening and fitting appointments.
Attractiveness - Aesthetics are very important, particularly among teenagers, and eyeglasses can be a point of difference that leads to a social stigma. Cultural attitudes toward glasses, a belief that eyeglasses can be harmful, and comfort are other important factors.
Accuracy - A significant proportion of people wearing eyeglasses in developing countries have inadequate correction that leaves them with poor visual acuity. This may be due to poor testing by an untrained person, or indeed a complete lack of professional testing.
Impact The impact of poor vision on the educational, quality of life and economic potential of young people is substantial, but has not been well investigated. This implies that poor vision presents a major problem to learning for these children.
Solution With your support we can help these children get the most from their education and build a brighter future for them, their economies, and their societies.