Eyeglass Distribution Changing Lives in Vietnam
Kon Tum, Vietnam – Learning got a whole lot easier for 94 students in Dak To District when they received new eyeglasses from ChildSight®, a program that improves the vision of children in Kon Tum Province, Vietnam and strengthens the ability of health personnel to provide pediatric eye care services.
Uncorrected refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism) can lead to visual impairment, blindness and disability, especially in developing countries. It is estimated that one in five Vietnamese children suffers from refractive error, yet the vast majority remain undiagnosed and untreated. Left untreated, refractive error can worsen and may lead to blindness and irreversible vision loss, particularly in young children.
To remedy this, school children in primary and secondary schools are screened by trained teachers. Those who do not pass the visual acuity examination are tested by specialists from the Community Eye Unit at the Kon Tum Center for Social Diseases Prevention and Control. Students determined to have refractive errors receive free eyeglasses.
“My eyesight was blurry and I could hardly see anything when I looked at the blackboard,” said Tran Van Sang, a ninth grader at Nguyen Cong Tru Secondary School in Kon Tum Province. “Thanks to the program, doctors came to my school and checked my eyes. I received eyeglasses for free and now I can see everything clearly!”