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Child eye health is a significant public health issue, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The 2030 In Sight strategy calls on us to leverage school and education settings to address the growing need.
Children with vision impairment have poorer educational outcomes and are more likely to be excluded from schools. Learn more here.
Our ‘Focus On’ series focuses on Child Eye Health in 2022, the School Eye Health and Refractive Error Work Groups strive to keep eye health on the radar of health and development policy makers, and toolkits and promotional material for World Sight Day includes educational resources for children.
There is a currently under-tapped opportunity for the sector to leverage schools and catalyse the widespread delivery of eye health promotion, screening and provision of glasses. But we cannot do this alone. We will need to convince wider education partners, including ministries of education, that educational outcomes can be improved by implementing eye health into existing school health programmes.