International Pediatric Program

50-60% of children in developing countries will die within two years of becoming blind, usually due to injury or neglect.

The Project

Within eye care there is one problem that indiscriminately effects both developed and developing countries alike: childhood avoidable visual impairment (AVI). While in developing countries cases of childhood blindness are more common, children around the world are affected by refractive errors. One of the most important factors in combatting childhood blindness and AVI is screening. Regular, and early, school screening programs can help identify AVI before it can severely effect a child’s education. It is estimated that 80% learning takes place visually. Without early identification and proper treatment, many visually impaired children often perform poorly in school, in some cases causing them to drop out or be removed from school. Most eye problems are correctable and curable if caught by the age of five or six.

CBI’s International Pediatric Program operates in 3 countries on 3 continents and seeks to primarily identify students with vision problems using various screenings procedures, and secondarily to assist in restoring sight to those children with vision problems via either refractive or surgical interventions. In the US, India, and Paraguay, CBI and it’s partners utilize the WelchAllyn SPOT vision camera and Peek Acuity to quickly and accurately screen children and refer them to an ophthalmologist.

By screening, identifying, and solving vision problems early we can ensure that these children will have all the same opportunities and education as their peers.

Proposed Outcomes:

  • Screen as many children as possible
  • Provide glasses to children with refractive errors
  • Provide surgeries to those with other problems
  • Increase educational opportunities for visually impaired children