Visual impairment is one of the most significant obstacles to educational attainment in Pakistan. This is due to lack of general awareness of eye health issues and their proper treatment. People often seek an eye specialist only when it is already too late. Eye health education programs could effectively help reduce visual impairment by giving the general public access to knowledge about eye health issues.
Awareness of Good Eye Health Practices
Eye health education programs spread awareness about vision problems and eye diseases that could potentially lead to visual impairment. Providing eye health education programs in schools gives children and their parents awareness about the importance of eye health, thus helping promote good eye-health practices in children from an early age. It helps them recognize any signs of vision problems or eye diseases and get prompt treatment.
Early Detection and Intervention
Having eye health education programs in schools helps ensure early detection of any possible vision issues in children so that they can be treated accordingly. Early detection helps avoid damage to eyes that could be caused by a problem being left untreated for too long, thus saving a child’s educational future. Eye screening could also help detect issues not necessarily related to eye health, thus helping children avoid any other health issues too.
Training Teachers to Detect Issues
Through these programs, teachers are trained to help detect any issues with a child’s eye health ensuring that corrective measures can be taken as soon as possible. Since teachers are responsible for educating children, training them will help promote the importance of a healthy environment. It will provide them with the tools needed to provide appropriate care to children facing any issues.
Improve Educational Attainment and Boost Self Esteem
Eye health issues in children can negatively impact a child’s educational attainment and self-esteem. Screening for vision problems can improve a child’s performance and boost their self-esteem by detecting and preventing vision problems at an early stage.
Reduction of Eye Diseases in The Future
Eye health programs also provide a foundation for research upon which future cases of eye diseases can be reduced at large. By building a database and ensuring regular check-ups for children in schools, they help schools keep track of students who have already been identified with visual impairment issues, as well as identify any new cases.
School Eye Health Services is an eye health education program started by Vision Trust, a non-profit organization. The project aims to focus on schools in raising awareness of the importance of eye health. It also aids in early detection and prevention of visual impairment issues in school children by providing quality eye care.
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