Further research into the causes of childhood blindness and its prevention will pay dividends in the future, it has been claimed.
Wing Kun Tam, a member of the Global Advisory Council and vice president of Lions Clubs International, made the comments after the Pediatric Cataract Initiative expressed its intention to provide Lions with a research grant in the near future.
The funding would be used to explore new ways of identifying and treating eye conditions such as cataracts.
"Lions have long been dedicated to saving and restoring sight, so this partnership is a natural [one] for us. Dedicated research that will help prevent blindness is a new area of great interest for our foundation," Dr Tam said.
Currently, 1.4 million children are blind around the world, a million of whom live in Asia.
The estimated global economic loss over ten years due to childhood cataracts is between $1 billion (£6.2 billion) and US$6 billion.
by Adrian Galbreth