Help Prevent Eye Diseases in Children Through Early Diagnosis and Prevention.
THIS PROJECT WILL HELP: 1,800 children from 13 centres near Chota, Peru
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: April 2017
Sight is precious. For many of us, the thought of going blind is a frightening prospect. If we do think about it, perhaps we worry that an accident, advanced age or a genetic disorder might rob us of our vision. Rarely do we think we’ll lose our eyesight to something as simple as a vitamin deficiency.
Sadly, in developing countries, blindness is most often caused by conditions like vitamin A deficiency, measles, conjunctivitis or harmful traditional remedies. Most of these cases of blindness are preventable or treatable—if the cause is detected and addressed early. Left untreated, they cause pain, impaired vision, interrupted learning and even permanent blindness.
After medical check-ups were performed at the Compassion centres in the areas surrounding Chota, 60 per cent of children were found to have problems with their eyes. But eye treatments are expensive, and eye doctors are scarce in many of the rural areas where Compassion children live.
If eye diseases are left undetected and untreated, they will have an unimaginable impact on the quality of life for these children. Poor eye health is a common cause of absence from school, and parents are generally unaware of how to maintain healthy eyes. To help preserve the vision of these children, it is critical that they receive proper eye examinations and timely treatment—before the damage becomes irreversible.
This is how you can help. With this comprehensive eye health campaign, 1,800 children in 13 Compassion centres in Peru will receive eye examinations for early diagnosis and treatment. It will help identify defects early and get treatment before any eye conditions cause irreversible damage. The campaign will also promote preventative eye care practices to reduce the number of future problems.
Give the gift of sight by helping prevent, detect and treat eye defects in children.