Bringing Healthy Vision into Focus
Did you know that 19 million children around the world are visually impaired? Of these, nearly 2 of 3 just need access to simple eyeglasses to correct refractive errors, including myopia (a condition in which distant objects appear blurry). That is why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies teamed up with local partners to create Sight for Kids, a program that mobilizes eye care professionals and volunteers to conduct vision screenings in low-income schools and provides teachers with eye health training across Asia, Kenya and Turkey.
To date, 150,000 Sight for Kids-trained teachers have screened more than 24.1 million kids for visual impairment. The program has provided free services to 500,000 kids. Sight for Kids aims to double the total number of children treated to 1 million by 2021.
Donating just US$1 provides four kids with Sight for Kids eye health education and access to vision screenings.