Why?

Preventable vision loss should not be a barrier to a child’s education and their future prospects.

Why?

Preventable vision loss should not be a barrier to a child’s education and their future prospects.

How you can help

For children:

Look after your eyes! Take regular screen breaks to rest your eyes. Tell your parents or teachers if you notice any blurriness or problems with your vision.

For parents and carers:

Being alert to eye health can ensure your child isn’t left behind.

Wearing glasses when needed can help improve performance and help your child achieve more in school.

Look out for signs of sight problems and ensure your child’s eyes are checked regularly.

For teachers and teaching staff:
Be conscious of children’s eye health issues, particularly if any child appears to be struggling to read or use classroom equipment.

Speak to your school and ask them to hold regular screenings and eye checks for both students and staff

Why this is important

Globally, at least 450 million children have a sight condition that needs treatment, but many are unable to access affordable, available eye care.

It’s estimated that 40% of children who are blind have an eye condition that could have been prevented or could be managed if the child had access to eye care services.

Children with unaddressed vision impairments are less likely to perform well in school and are more likely to be excluded from education, risking future earning potential and well-being.

We’re encouraging parents, carers, teachers and policymakers to work together to raise awareness around eye health.