School children Eye Health Program

School children Eye Health Program

     MOTTO “Precaution is better than cure”.

1.4 million Blind child’s around the world

  • The prevalence of childhood blindness in Pakistan was reported to be 0.17%
  • Prevalence of uncorrected visual acuity of 2.7% and 6.4% among children aged 7-15 years in rural and urban population respectively
  • The prevalence of best corrected visual acuity of 20/40 or worse was reported to be 0.78% and 0.81% in rural and urban population respectively

Impact of Childhood Blindness

  • Childhood blindness can hinder education, personality development, and career opportunities, in addition to causing an economic burden on society.
  • 6-7% of children of age 10-14 years have eyesight problems
  • School teachers are trained for screening Children’s
  • Suspected diseases and refractive Errors are seen by ophthalmic assistants or Optometrists and medicines or spectacles are prescribed and provided to needy

200000 IU of vitamin A is given to the children of age group 1-6 years, and the children are kept under surveillance for five years to monitor the sign of vitamin A deficiency, Xeropthalmia

Why Children First?

  • Early detection and treatment of vision problems in children are imperative to meet the challenges of childhood blindness. There are several reasons for this.
  • Firstly, the children who are born blind or who become blind during childhood have much more blind years than an adult who becomes blind later on.
  • Secondly, many of the causes of blindness in children are either preventable or treatable. Uncorrected vision problems in children can worsen over time and result in permanent loss of vision
  • Thirdly, many of the causes of childhood blindness are also associated with child mortality (e.g. premature birth, measles, congenital rubella, vitamin A deficiency, and meningitis). Thus timely detection of these conditions can contribute to higher chances of child survival

Benefits of School Eye Health Project

The first component of school eye screening programs especially in rural areas can lead to effective utilization of existing resources and early detection of potentially blinding disorders in children. Involving teachers in vision screening will save an enormous amount of time and energy for the eye care staff, reduce their workload and provide wider coverage of eye care services.

  • Screening, treatment, and Education
  • Trachoma Control
  • Vitamin A prophylaxes
  • Occupational Eye Health Services
  • Sight restoring surgeries
  • Patient Consultations
  • Outreach Eye Camps
  • School Children Screenings
  • Glasses
  • Medicines