(VOV) – Helen Keller International (HKI) will offer free eye tests and glasses to around 14,000 pupils living in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.
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It is part of a ChildSight project funded by HKI, a non-govenrmental organisation dedicated to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition.
The project is being Implemented by HKI, the Provincial Department of Health, and the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) in Kon Tum from April 2012 to March 2014.
It includes optometry technician training for private shots in 9 of Kon Tum’s districts and towns. This is HKI’s first Vietnamese undertaking concentrating on eyewear quality.
As many as 83 local schools have so far benefited from the project, which also helped train hundreds of teachers and medical staff and supply essential ophthalmologic equipment.
Refractive eye disorders such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism are the main causes of poor vision and blindness in developing countries. About 3 million Vietnamese children suffer from refractive eye disorders, two-thirds of whom have yet to receive any correction.
The quality of glasses is also a big problem in Vietnam. A January 2012 survey conducted by HKI and VNIO in Kon Tum revealed 64 percent of glasses were framed incorrectly.