Currently, there are 100 million people in the world who wear eyeglasses on a regular basis to help them with their vision. However, there are nearly 700 million more people who are visually impaired because they cannot afford eyeglasses or contacts, including students in 3rd world countries, inner cities, and even children in urban cities. Out of these 700 million people, 13 million are students who need glasses but cannot afford them.
In developing and third world countries, about 10% of primary school students have poor vision, meaning that they need eyeglasses to see clearly. In a controlled experiment done in the Chinese provinces of Tianzhu and Yongdeng there were 29,190 students of which 3314 had vision problems. A mere 117 had glasses while 3197 did not. 96.5 % did NOT have eyeglasses when they needed them. This visual impairment has a direct effect on the student’s education. Students without glasses and who were visually impaired were 18% more likely to repeat a grade, and a 10% higher probability of repeating school.
Sight Learning strives to receive donations of glasses and give them to students in inner city areas as well as overseas in third world countries. By doing so, we hope to make a difference in their lives, and help their education.