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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

A Situational Analysis of Child Eye Health: A Review of 43 Global Partnership for Education Member Countries 2016

AUTHOR:

Brien Holden Vision Institute

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

Global Partnership for Education

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLICATION:

The WorldBank Group

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The correlation between good health and improved educational outcomes for children has long been recognized.

  • Blindness, low vision and vision impairment can significantly impact a child’s ability  to learn and have ongoing consequences for their life opportunities.

  • It is estimated that 50 percent of blindness and low vision in children can be prevented
    or treated.

  • Uncorrected refractive error is the leading cause of vision impairment in children and is 100 percent correctable with spectacles.

  • Early detection of child eye health issues is tremendously important.

  • This situational analysis found that access to access to eye care services for children in the countries included in this report is limited by lack of trained eye care personnel, availability of affordable spectacles and geographic barriers to accessing services.