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Meeting the Growing Need for Eye Glasses

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Billions of people all over the world wear corrective eye glasses. Chances are that you do, or will have to in the future for reading and close work. But what if you couldn't get access to them, due to the cost or the lack of trained opticians who can determine the level of correction you need?


Imagine those children not being able to see to learn properly in school. Imagine those people who cannot hold a job, or perform independent tasks due to eye problem.  The problem of poor vision is actually not just a health problem alone; it is also an educational problem, as well as economic and quality of life problem. There are too few eye care professionals and facilities per capita in developing countries.


In some countries in Africa, a pair of eyewear is simply in affordable for the average individual who needs it. Poor vision negatively affects a child’s ability to learn in school and robs an adult of independence, mobility and quality of life. Some individuals and organizations are helping through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear. How are they doing it? How can you help?


 Please call with your questions, stories and comments as we explore this very important topic on African Health Dialogue. We would be glad to hear your view.