April 01, 2016

New eye health screening programme launches to help the children of Chennai, India

Southampton, United Kingdom, 1 April 2016 — This year will see the return of CooperVision’s successful ‘One Bright Vision’ programme. Originally launched in 2013, ‘One Bright Vision’ is an initiative designed to make a difference by funding eye health screenings for children aged 7-12 in underserved regions of the world.

With more than 600 million people becoming blind or visually impaired, simply because they don’t have access to eye care, the necessity for as many people as possible around the world to have access to high quality vision correction is clear. The CooperVision ‘One Bright Vision’ programme is helping to tackle this problem with the help of partner, Optometry Giving Sight, the optical charity that looks to transform lives through the gift of vision.

Following the achievements of last year’s project in Tanzania, this year’s programme is focused on screening the vision of children for eye disorders in socio-economically disadvantaged communities in and around the southern Indian district of Chennai. CooperVision has committed to funding 30,000 eye health screenings, working with a team of optometrists from the India Vision Institute to complete the project.   

Since the programme’s launch, CooperVision has provided funding for more than 100,000 eye health screenings. Alongside this, the programme has seen nearly 800 teachers in over 400 schools get training in child eye health and vision screening. Annual screening has also been established and will continue in the Bagamoyo, Mkuranga and Kibaha districts of Tanzania, ensuring that the children there have the opportunity to maximise their potential.

To find out more about the ‘One Bright Vision’ programme visit: http://coopervision.co.uk/practitioner/onebrightvision or to get involved in supporting the great work of Optometry Giving Sight visit www.givingsight.org.