The first step of our vision care work was to determine the scale of the problem of uncorrected vision. Our first data set came from Yulin and Tianshui prefectures in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, respectively.
Some suggest that when rural families move to cities, their children will be more likely to acquire a pair of glasses.It turns out that eyeglasses ownership among migrant children is just as low as it is with rural children.
Some may believe that even though many rural elementary school students do not have glasses, if they need them they will eventually get them when they enter middle school.
REAP’s data from 2013 reveal that this is not the case.
Myopia progresses with age, so REAP expected the higher rates of poor vision they found among middle school students: 57% compared to 24% among elementary school children.
But there was also a surprise in the findings—and not a pleasant one.
Of the 57% of rural middle school students who were nearsighted, only 10% wore glasses.