In Third World countries one in five children suffer from undetected poor eyesight due to insufficient medical care. Learning disabilities are not an immediate result of visual impairment. However, a visual impairment often results in a learning disability. Consequently, schoolchildren with poor eyesight can suffer severe learning difficulties, for example with weak reading and problems recognizing what’s written on the blackboard.
The project “Glasses for Children in Myanmar: Good Seeing – Better Learning” has set itself the target to conduct vision tests for children from the ages of five to eight years old, at convent schools in Mandalay, Myanmar, and surrounding areas. Children with impaired vision will then be supplied with corrective glasses at no cost.