School eye health
School eye health programmes have the potential to change the lives of school children and their teachers by detecting eye conditions and ensuring access to quality eye care. Health education delivered at schools also has the potential to reduce eye disease and visual impairment in the future. Comprehensive programmes should be undertaken in collaboration with ministries of health and ministries of education, and need to be monitored and evaluated to ensure they are a good use of resources and bring about positive change. Guidelines have recently been produced to help plan, implement, monitor and evaluate school eye health programmes.
Consulting editors for Issue 98: Elmien Wolvaardt & Nick Astbury
Articles in this issue –
- What is comprehensive school eye health?
- Ready to screen? Start with the goal in mind
- Developing better strategies for school eye health screening in India
- Improving spectacle wear in school children
- Use of ready-made spectacles in school eye health programmes
- Helpful developments and technologies for school eye health programmes
- Children’s myopia: prevention and the role of school programmes
- How schools can help to build healthy, productive lives, free of trachoma
- Understanding and looking after a retinoscope and trial lens set
- Key community eye health messages
- Lessons from the USAID Child Blindness Programme