Vision is a global concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.2 billion people have vision impairment, with 1 billion estimated to be children (The Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues 2nd Edition). The current challenges of health inequities, Covid-19, and missed vision screenings this past school year create an urgent need for organizations such as Prevent Blindness Texas to respond and ensure individuals, especially children, have access to quality eye care and education. PBT programs identify gaps in vision care access and provide accessibility to comprehensive follow-up eye care services aimed at preventing vision loss and increasing opportunity for better eye health overall.
We know vision plays a crucial role in a child’s physical, cognitive, and social development. Uncorrected vision problems can interfere with learning and even lead to permanent vision loss; early detection and treatment make a difference. Children are facing unprecedented challenges and having healthy vision should not be one of them. New data suggests multiple factors due to the impact of Covid-19 are negatively affecting children and their learning. Students testing in 2021 were approximately ten points behind in math and nine points behind in reading (www.Texas2036.org). Only 29% of Texas third graders achieved “meets grade level” in reading for the 2020 school year. The impact has been significant for schools which predominantly serve students of color, areas of low socioeconomic status, and rural populations without access to cutting-edge health care. The detrimental impact of Covid-19 combined with ongoing barriers to care for children is creating a major challenge with potential devasting long-term consequences. With these obstacles, poor vision should not be yet another hurdle for students to overcome.
With your support, PBT can help students and parents get the critical vision care they need to achieve their full potential. A donation of $50 could provide a screening and glasses. Please join us in making healthy vision a reality for all children in Texas.
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Fact: Vision is a global concern. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.2 billion people have vision impairment, with 1 billion estimated to be children.
Fact: Children from under-resourced urban areas, many of whom are considered ethnic minorities, experience more than twice the normal incidence rate of vision problems but are also less likely to be referred to and receive an eye examination by an eye doctor.
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Fact: Uncorrected refractive errors in young children are associated with parental concerns about developmental delay, as well as deficits in cognitive and visual-motor functions that may affect school readiness and performance.
Fact: During work, school and even personal downtime, people spend as much as 12 hours a day in front of a digital screen. Source