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China five year National Plan for Eye Health 2016-2020

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October 2016, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020.

The plan calls for the expansion of optical and optometric services in China and for a focus on refractive error in children. In many Chinese cities, rates of myopia among school-aged children are high and research has urged new public health solutions to prevent and treat refractive error. Action on diabetic eye disease, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and low vision is also part of the plan.