Problem

Across China, over 30 million rural students suffer from poor vision and won’t get the glasses they need.

24%

of elementary students have uncorrected vision

57%

of middle school students have poor vision

10%

of students have the means to purchase the glasses

Students with uncorrected vision are the ones falling behind in class.

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They are most likely to drop out of the school.

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After, they end up working in the fields, factories or much worse across China.

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There are three key barriers that were stopping students from accessing vision care:

1

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.

2

When families struggled to eat, glasses are often too expensive to afford.

3

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%.

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With increased academic performance students get the opportunity to study at university.

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Their income as adults is 20% higher than their parents, pushing them into a higher income brackets.

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