Across China, over 30 million rural students suffer from poor vision and won’t get the glasses they need.
of elementary students have uncorrected vision
of middle school students have poor vision
of students have the means to purchase the glasses
Students with uncorrected vision are the ones falling behind in class.
They are most likely to drop out of the school.
After, they end up working in the fields, factories or much worse across China.
There are three key barriers that were stopping students from accessing vision care:
Many students came down from rural villages, walking 3 hours through the mountains to get to the school, and have little opportunity or time to go to large town centers where optometrists work.
When families struggled to eat, glasses are often too expensive to afford.
Most parents and teachers don't see the need for children to have glasses believing conventional wisdom that says glasses solve the problem only for a little while, but rapidly deteriorate your vision after.
Eyeglasses allow students to study better and to engage in class. Glasses can increase productivity by 35%.
With increased academic performance students get the opportunity to study at university.
Their income as adults is 20% higher than their parents, pushing them into a higher income brackets.