21.04.2011

Foundation to give US children clear vision

Foundation to give US children clear vision

By Alexa Kaczka

A large number of US school children can see clearly after being provided with spectacles by a non-profit organisation.

Dozens of visually-impaired or partially-sighted youngsters at Copperfield Elementary School, in Austin, Texas, can now benefit from improved learning, the KXAN network reported.

The glasses were provided by the Essilor Vision Foundation's Kids Vision project, which aims to help kids achieve better school performance through 20/20 eyesight.

"If vision is an issue in education, these kids aren't going to enjoy school… they are going to act out in class to amass the fact that they can't see the white board and can't study," Ed Fjordbak, president of the foundation, told the news source.

Earlier this month, Prevent Blindness America stressed the importance of youngsters being taught about eye health and how to protect their vision.

According to the group's statistics, around 37.5 per cent of second to eight-graders fail eye tests, yet many do not follow up their results with glasses or contact lenses.

by Emily Tait


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