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Sight for Kids

Improving eye health education and access to professional eye care in vulnerable communities

Half of all cases of refractive error near- sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism) in the world remain undetected and untreated. Lack of treatment for these easily-correctable disorders is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in children. Since 2002, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the Lions Clubs International Foundation to provide eye health education and eye care access to millions of children through Sight for Kids (SFK), a school based program that mobilizes volunteers to provide eye health education, high quality vision screenings and referral access to professional eye care and treatment, including eyeglasses. Over the past 15 years the SFK program has been run in 10 countries across Asia, and more than 24 million children have been screened, with around 900,000 referred on for further assessment or treatment. Nearly 150,000 volunteers have been trained to help with the eye tests. In 2017, the SFK program seeks to reach millions more students in India, Nepal, China, Thailand and Vietnam.