To mark World Book Day (March 6) children in Uganda will receive books designed to improve early detection of vision issues thanks to a partnership between a charity and a leading optical business in the UK.
Over 1,000 of the specialist books have been donated to Milton Keynes-based LightForce International to be distributed throughout northern Uganda thanks to leading UK eye care provider Optical Express.
‘Eye See a Dragon in the Glen’ tells the simple story of a little Troll hunting in the Highlands. The book was developed in the UK to include two key vision checks: a visual acuity test to check that both eyes see clearly; and a suppression test with 3D glasses to check both eyes are working well together. The tests were validated by Glasgow Caledonian University Vision Science Team.
LightForce International will tour the Lira district in Uganda educating teachers to use the books to identify sight issues in children. Optical Express have already donated a copy of ‘Eye See a Dragon in the Glen’ to every library in Scotland, with an additional 100 copies to charity CHILDREN 1st as part of the company’s commitment to improve children’s eye care.
George Ridley, International Director at LightForce International, said: “We are incredibly pleased to be receiving the donation of these books from Optical Express. The simple but effective use of the book will allow us to educate teachers across an impoverished region to spot early eyesight problems in the children they teach.
“We do what we do because there are many children in need around the world who need the hope of a better future. These health issues would otherwise go undetected as eye care resources in the region are scarce.”
Dasi Raju, a Clinical Director from Optical Express commented: “We are totally committed to helping educate parents, teachers and families on the importance of children’s eye health, so when we learned we could help LightForce International we didn’t hesitate to get involved.
“Early detection of vision issues among children has traditionally been a real challenge, particularly in developing countries, so it is important that as many children as possible have access to a resource like this.
“By donating more than 1,000 copies to LightForce International we hope that together we can help as many children as possible in the Lira region.”