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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Eye Tests, Eyeglasses and Improving Education Performance in Rural China

AUTHOR:

Paul Glewwe, Albert Park, Meng Zhao

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

Stanford University

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLICATION:

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

The Gansu Vision Intervention Project


Students with uncorrected vision: an uncorrected problem


Can eyeglasses improve educational outcomes among children in poorer parts of the world? World Bank studies suggest that approximately 10% of all children in developing countries have problems with their eyesight. About 97% of child eye problems are caused by refraction errors, nearly all of which can be corrected with properly fitted eyeglasses. However, most children with refraction problems in low-income countries do not have glasses.