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Mission Vision eye camp is an initiative coordinated and spearheaded by a 17 year old to create awareness on visual impairment. This one of its kind, integrated vision camp will help school children to understand and comprehend various symptom identifications, impart eye health education and provide visual acuity measurement including basic eye examination and diagnosis. Free spectacles distribution is also offered to create a one stop solution for the kids to combat the growing problem of poor vision.
Aanya Arora, a 17 year old student of Mallya Aditi International School is all set for her maiden effort – The Mission Vision Eye camp is to be held in association with CRY- Child Relief & You and a Not for profit organization Ananya Educational and Empowerment Trust. Mission Vision is Aanya’s platform to continue her mission of eye health amongst school children in India, beginning with Government Lower Primary School, Kacharakanahalli, Bengaluru.
From studies conducted in schools for the blind children in India, Uncorrected refractive error is the most common cause of reduced visual acuity in the younger population. Myopia being the most common cause of visual impairment among children, its prevalence is found to be high among children of Asian origin. It is estimated that there were 1.7 billion myopes in 2010 and by the year 2020, there will be 2.2 billion.
In India 41% of children – under 18 years are estimated to need visual correction but are not corrected. The resources and infrastructure for eye care services in India are much below the actual requirement. Estimated average coverage of refractive services for the age group 5–15 years for rural areas in India is 30% (which is the lowest of all regions of WHO) and it is 55% for urban areas.
It was observed that corneal causes, globe abnormalities, cataract and retinal causes largely contribute to blindness in India. Children reported difficulty in doing homework, reading, using computer, drawing, and painting. Eye care practitioners reasoned that children avoid reading and refuse to do homework owing to symptoms like eyestrain and headache. Many children with uncorrected refractive error admitted that their academic performance was only average and related it to their vision-related problems. Children wearing refractive correction lenses were able to recall their limitations to perform well in academics before wearing spectacles.
According to the 2010 estimates by the World Health Organization, Almost 18.9 million children under 15 years of age are visually impaired globally. In developing countries, 7%–31% of childhood blindness and visual impairment is avoidable.
The eye camp is focused on the school children; however Local residents attending the eye camp with their children are welcome.
If you feel you would be able to help contribute to aid the eye camp and save someone’s sight, please donate at http://www.missionvision.in/donate