The International Pediatric Program

Within eye care there is one problem that indiscriminately effects both developed and developing countries alike: childhood vision problems. While in developing countries cases of childhood blindness are more common, children around the world are affected by refractive errors. One of the most important factors in combatting childhood blindness and visual impairment is screening. Regular, and early, school screening programs can help identify visual impairment before it can severely effect a child’s education. It is estimated that 80% learning takes place visually. Without early identification and proper treatment, many visually impaired children often perform poorly in school, in some cases causing them to drop out, be pulled out, or kicked out of school. Most eye problems are correctable and curable if caught by the age of five or six. Proposed Outcomes:

  • Screen as many children as possible
  • Provide glasses to children with refractive errors
  • Provide surgeries to those with other problems
  • Increase educational opportunities for visually impaired children
  • Locations

    • India>Gujarat
    • India>Karnataka
    • Paraguay>Asuncion
    • United States>Wisconsin>Dane County


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