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Good vision improves helps educational attainment and participation.

Good vision improves education opportunities.

Educational performance is linked to good vision. Children with vision impairment have poorer educational outcomes and are more likely to be excluded from schools.1

Investing in eye health services improves educational attainment and increases participation in education.

 

SDG tiles 4, 1, 2, 8

Key evidence from The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health:

  • Vision screening and provision of glasses helps improve educational outcomes for children with vision impairment, and the provision of other types of assistive devices and reading aids are also likely to be effective.2–5
  • Improved education is critical to development, reducing poverty and hunger, and enabling work [SDG1, SDG2 and SDG8].5

  1. Burton, M., Ramke, J., Marques, A., Bourne, R., Congdon, N., Jones, I. et al. Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020. The Lancet Global Health (2021).
  2. Powell, C., Wedner, S. & Hatt, S. R. Vision screening for correctable visual acuity deficits in school-age children and adolescents. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. (2004) doi:10.1002/14651858.cd005023.pub2.
  3. Thomas, R., Barker, L., Rubin, G. & Dahlmann-Noor, A. Assistive technology for children and young people with low vision. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews vol. 2015 (2015).
  4. Barker, L., Thomas, R., Rubin, G. & Dahlmann-Noor, A. Optical reading aids for children and young people with low vision. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews vol. 2015 (2015).
  5. Cremin, P. & Nakabugo, M. G. Education, development and poverty reduction: A literature critique. Int. J. Educ. Dev. 32, 499–506 (2012).
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Tile 1: Neil Oakshott, Operation Eyesight Universal, Tile 2: Graham Coates, Vision Aid Overseas