JJVC screens vision of 6 mn Indian kids

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 16:53 hrs

Kolkata, Oct 11 (IBNS) Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (JJVC),leading manufacturer of disposable contact lenses, on Thursday announced that more than 6 million children in India have received free vision screening through Sight for Kids, a partnership program with charitable organisation Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) now marking its 10th anniversary.

The announcement was made on the occasion of World Sight Day, celebrated each year on October 11.

Overall, the program has screened 16 million children across India, China, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

It was established in 2002 to reduce visual impairment and disability in Asia through volunteer-directed vision screenings involving ministries of health, school districts, eye care professionals and hospitals along with Lions Clubs International volunteers and JJVC employees.

In India, the main cities of focus for screening children have been in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Cochin.

Sight for Kids has screened 35,323 children across Kolkata in 2012 and is targeting to screen 150,000 children in 2013.

Since 2005, Sight for Kids has reached out to 4,203 schools and screened 917,322 children ages 5-15 in Kolkata.

Sight For Kids has provided a total of 59,000 pairs of glasses to children across India as well as taken care of treatment for 200,000 kids who were referred to eye specialists of which 42,000 were treated for eye conditions, said JJVC.

Sangeeta Jatia, Director, International Association of Lions Clubs, from Kolkata said: "The excitement on a child's face as he reads with his new spectacles makes us feel so good. At times we fail to realize how a small correction can change one´s world."

Vivek Bhatnagar, General Manager of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care India, said: "A simple act of a vision screening that takes minutes can create a lifelong change."

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