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CooperVision’s One Bright Vision.

CooperVision’s One Bright Vision.

Providing vision care to 30,000 disadvantaged children in India

Vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error is a serious problem that affects 1 in 20 children in India. That is over 10 million children who need spectacles. We know that 80% of what a child learns is through visual processing. Without good vision, a child cannot get a good education and this severely hinders their future opportunities and employment prospects.

Thanks to the support of CooperVision Europe, through their One Bright Vision CRM program, more than 30,000 school children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are being screened this year as part of a mega project that is being implemented by India Vision Institute (IVI).

Students CV One Bright Vision

Students at Lady Sivasami Iyer Girls Higher 2ndry School Mylaplore waiting to receive their glasses

“The visual problems of many underprivileged children go undetected due to lack of awareness and lack of access to eye care services,” said Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI. “By providing spectacles to school children, IVI aims to assist them in getting a good education, and also improve their quality of life and give them a chance for a good future.”

More than 20 staff from CooperVision Europe and Asia took time out from a regional meeting in Chennai recently to see the One Bright Vision project and meet some of the children who were getting their first ever pair of glasses.

They met children like Lakshmi, aged 14, who had struggled with her studies as she had trouble seeing the blackboard. She squeezed her eyes to see better and sometimes she experienced eye strain and headache. Although she had an old pair of spectacles from 4 years ago, her refractive error had increased and she was unaware that she needed a yearly eye exam.

After receiving corrective spectacles (RE: -3.25 DS / -3.00 DC*180; LE: -3.50 DS / -2.50 DC*180) she is no longer dependent on others. She can follow her classes, move across the stairs and board a bus without anyone’s help. She is happy that she can perform her day to day activities independently. She is also aware that she needs to get her eyes checked once a year.

“Every child must have good vision,” said Arnab Sarkar, Director, CooperVision India. “Aside from education it is also affects their development and quality of life. CooperVision is glad to support the One Bright Vision Child Eye Health Program project through which Optometry Giving Sight and IVI provide good vision to children, especially those from underprivileged communities who lack access to quality eye care.”

Photo courtesy India Vision Institute