For over 18 years, Project Vietnam Surgery teams have restored the Smile of children with Cleft lip/palate and the Sight of children with vision problems. Our Eye specialists trained Vietnam professionals to perform the surgery, and advocated for national insurance coverage, adopted in 2013. The Primary care team routinely provides Vision testing and eyeglasses for school children, and reading glasses for adults.
On October 19, 2019, the World Health published the Report on World Vision : 1/3 of the world population is blind from preventable causes, especially in Asia where there is genetically higher risk for vision problem.
In Vietnam large studies in 16 provinces, identify about 20% of the School children with Vision Impairment, mainly because of Refraction Errors. Over 50% of blindness can be prevented, and uncorrected Refraction Errors when identified early will save the Sight of the children.
In Quang Tri province, a school-based program to provide Vision screening for school children and eyeglasses to children in need, costs $20,000 annually and involves the local Eye Center.
Project Vietnam today raises funds to purchase an update Vision-Screening device (used at US schools) more accurate for mass testing and save the Vision of the children so they can learn and thrive.
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