Before 2012, no one knew the answer to this question. Not the Ministry of Health or the Center for Disease Control, not researchers in academia. In 2012, REAP carried out the largest vision care policy experiment ever performed in China.
The goals of the study were simple:
Measure the prevalence of poor vision in rural and migrant areas of China
Measure the impact of poor vision on education
Determine effective ways to get students to acquire and wear glasses
Develop strategies for policy makers to bring vision care into the national health care agenda
Since then we've revealed the extent of the problem: there are tens of millions of children in rural and migrant areas of China that have uncorrected vision, and the condition is having a serious impact on their education.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the lessons we've learned so far:
Using these lessons, REAP is expanding our Seeing is Learning project into a social enterprise called Smart Focus Vision. Backed by the world's leading eye care, financial and research institutions, we will bring vision care to the tens of millions of rural children who need it, quickly and sustainably.
REAP is also working with local governments in rural China to incorporate vision care into the healthcare agenda.
Read more about REAP's Seeing Is Learning initiative: