Health  China Project #26106

Eye Care for Disadvantaged Children in China

by Shanghai Minhang Qu Hua Cao Pu Lu Shi Qing Shao Nian Fa Zhan Zhong Xin


Eye problems severely affect the quality of children's life and pose impediments to their learning prospects. Migrant and rural children in China that are beset by eye problems mostly go untreated mainly due to lack of resources and medical insurance coverage, leading to the future deterioration of the children's vision. To respond, our "I Care" project provides free eye tests, eye glasses and eye operations to disadvantaged primary school children.

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In 2008, many students in our project schools were found to have eye problems with no treatment. The worse thing is that many parents and teachers discouraged their children from wearing the glasses due to a prevalent misunderstanding that wearing spectacles at young age is detrimental to the development of children's eyesight. However, children would like to attend classes & achieve good grades, but that is only possible if they can see clearly.


Since 2008, Stepping Stones started the Eye Care Project, providing eye screening services & spectacles to migrant children by working with hospitals. Eye operation will be provided to the children. Besides, we have trained groups of volunteers to deliver an interactive, fun class on eye care to the students at every school. To improve parents, teachers & the public's understanding, we made an audience-friendly cartoon, which will be played at schools during parents' meeting or other trainings.

Long-Term Impact

Until now, this project has provided screening services to 21,500 migrant children, distributed 3,345 spectacles and did 26 eye surgeries. Our goal is to provide healthcare services to those children so that they could have the opportunity to pursue further educational success, as well as job opportunities. Also, we are aiming to change the mindset of their parents, teachers and public about the importance and correct way of wearing glasses.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


The official website of the project
Project informational video-I Wear Glasses!
Impact evaluation study report
Project Leader:
Cui Wang
Shanghai, Shanghai China

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