Free School Eye Screening Project

NINE OPTIC SCHOOL EYE SCREENING PROJECT

As per VISION 2020: The Right to Sight—Refractive errors are a priority within the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness. Most of the children having uncorrected refractive errors in rural area have poor access to the eye hospitals. Also, the children usually do not complain of their poor vision upfront. Due to lack of awareness amongst the parents and school teachers only a handful of cases are detected at an early stage where appropriate treatment is helpful. The affordability of the spectacles is an issue among school going children where it is required the most.

Children in the school going age (6-14 years) represent over 25% of the population. Avoidable blindness in children is more important considering the number of potentially productive years that lies in front of the child.

Global figures of childhood show that: · 57% is avoidable · 28% is preventable · 15% is treatable.

Our Aim for School Eye Screening Project

Children in the school going age (6-14 years) represent over 25% of the population. Avoidable blindness in children is more important considering the number of potentially productive years that lies in front of the child.

The school eye screening project is aimed at delivering eye care services to this group and creating eye health awareness amongst the student and school teachers. Provision of spectacles to the needy is a cost-effective health intervention. Most of the children with uncorrected refractive error are asymptomatic and hence screening helps in early detection and timely interventions.

Our aim is to start this project from the year 2019. But in 2018 we have the intention to do some pilot project on the same issue. It actually depends on the sponsor. We will start with Gazipur district first. This project will be implemented gradually by selecting 20 primary schools from the same district. We will also conduct this program in other districts.

Methodology

Step 1

Students were assembled in a large class room or in shed depending upon the availability of space and preliminary vision of all children was taken with the help of teachers, volunteers and optometrist.

Step 2

Children, who could not read the chart correctly (vision found to be < 6/6) were sent to the Optometrist for details refraction.

Step 3

Selected children went through computerized refraction in the medical van and based on the computerized reading, the optometrist manually examined them (refraction). Ophthalmologist examined children on ophthalmoscope and slit lamp. Medical advice and medicine was provided to children with common eye diseases i.e. red eyes, conjunctivitis, dryness etc.

 

Dilated examination was conducted for students below 10 years age or children with 2-3 cylindrical or high – or + number. Computerized and manual refraction were done to prescribe eye glass. However in some cases, 13 -14 years age group children were prescribed spectacle without dilation unless they were high myopic or hyperopic.

Step 4

Spectacles will be delivered to each school after 15 days of completion of camp.