“Nearly 80 percent of what a child learns is obtained visually.” (Medicine Net .com).
More than 12 million children cannot succeed at their work in school without the proper tools—books, paper, pencils, and GOOD VISION.
When children can’t even read the blackboard to complete assignments, they often become frustrated and drop out of the system. Not correcting a simple vision problem is a horrific injustice to the student and to parents, as well as an inevitable economic and social burden on society.
Poor eyesight, not ADHD causes bad behavior at school
Poor concentration, reduced attention span, high level of distractibility and silly mistakes are recognized signs of Attention-Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But commonly overlooked vision problems can also be presented similarly. Vision does not only incorporate sight, but also the ability of the person to understand, process and respond to the visual stimulus. Sight disorders prevent this higher level of functioning, therefore preventing the child from responding to schoolwork, sports and to general life properly, thus often times, leading to frustration, ADHD-type behavior and misdiagnosis with labels including dyslexia.
Having poor vision can prohibit children and adults from learning and advancing in life. In the developing world, opportunities for education can be limited by socio-economic, geographic and other factors. Therefore, children who do have access to education must be able to take advantage of it and not be held back by their vision challenges.
Refractive error makes up the largest percentage of overall vision problems, but yet, it is the easiest of all vision impairments to treat, and also one of the most cost-efficient of all eye care interventions.