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Johnson & Johnson’s Sight For Kids Program Reaches 50 Million Children

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Johnson & Johnson, a global leader in eye health, announces that, together with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), the Sight for Kids program has provided comprehensive eye health services to over 50 million students in underserved and low-income communities across North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Additionally, the program will expand into new areas this year, including Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong.

The global impact of this initiative is being recognized at the 106th annual Lions International Convention in Melbourne, Australia.“Every child deserves to see the world clearly. Providing eye health to more than 50 million children across the world is an extraordinary achievement, and we are very proud to be working alongside Lions Clubs International Foundation to transform even more lives through the expansion of our Sight For Kids program,” said Peter Menziuso, Company Group Chairman, Vision, Johnson & Johnson.

“We are committed to closing the gap between communities and care, so every child is empowered to live their best possible life. We look forward to increasing access to eye care and seeing the continued impact of Sight For Kids as we work to reach even more students and communities.”

Since its inception in 2002, Sight For Kids has equipped communities globally to help provide children with clear and healthy vision. The program has delivered free comprehensive eye screenings for entire schools and trained over 200,000 teachers globally to deliver eye health education, conduct visual acuity tests, and screen students for common eye conditions. Additionally, the program has facilitated treatments and surgeries for over 650,000 students and provided more than 515,000 pairs of eyeglasses.

Impact of Vision Impairment on Children

Early onset of vision impairment in children can cause developmental delays in motor skills, language acquisition, emotional development, and social interactions. Additionally, school-age children facing vision impairment may struggle to attain academic success, resulting in lower educational outcomes and impacting their future earnings. Despite these challenges, millions of children worldwide lack access to essential vision care services—nearly 450 million children have a sight condition that needs treatment, with 90 million children living with some form of sight loss.

“Sight For Kids goes beyond providing essential eye care services to millions of children worldwide; it also helps parents, teachers, and strengthens entire communities,” said Brian Sheehan, Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation. “I’ve had the opportunity to witness screening events firsthand and the collective impact they have on the daily well-being of the students. Together, with Johnson & Johnson, we can’t wait to see the continued success of this program.”

Providing greater equity in access to eye care makes a real impact. For instance, 10-year-old Saja from Egypt, who recently had her eyes checked and received glasses, joyfully shared, “When my teacher writes on the blackboard, I found it difficult to see. I enjoy drawing and have good drawing skills. I am very happy because I can see now, I even know my eyes are brown!” Additionally, 14-year-old Joshua from New Orleans, Louisiana, said, “They told me to look at the leaves, and it wasn’t just a green blob anymore. It was very overwhelming because you can see all the stuff in the world you couldn’t see before.”

Joshua, a 14-year-old student and athlete from Louisiana, had his life changed when he was introduced to Sight For Kids. Joshua dreams of becoming an engineer and loves basketball, which has grown even deeper now that he can see the basketball hoop clearly. Sight For Kids continues to expand its reach and impact, now including Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong among its locations. The program’s comprehensive approach includes providing free eye screenings, treatments, and eyeglasses, thus ensuring children can achieve better academic outcomes and overall well-being.

 

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Resource: Johnson & Johnson, June 24, 2024

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