Children with visual impairment lag behind in both school enrolment and learning outcomes, according to research from the World Bank and the EYElliance. School eye health programs, which provide vision screening and eyeglasses to children in schools, are a simple solution.
The study, Looking Ahead: Visual Impairment and School Eye Health Programs, finds that after controlling for other factors affecting educational outcomes, children with visual impairment are on average five to seven percentage points less likely to ever enroll in school, complete their primary education, and be literate than children without disabilities. This finding is based on analysis of census data for 21 countries.
Access the full press release for this study here.