Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Strategic Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Qujing Special Education School is under construction, but we still feel its warmth. The school lacks water due to droughts. The water supply lasts only 2-3 hours a day. There are 53 blind students and 403 deaf-mute students in the school, which covers primary, secondary and vocational education.
There are 21 students in the class for the blind. 13 of them are low vision, not totally blind. Their vision got worse when they were growing up because they did not receive any treatment or correction.
Liu Hailin is 11, and he is in the class for the blind. His grandmother, father and uncle all have low vision. His eyes have not received any treatment or examination so far.
The smiling girl is Liu Fuyuan. She lived in a remote village when she was a child. Her eyes inflamed, and her father used hydrogen peroxide to treat the inflammation, which caused the loss of function for the corneas. She became blind. Such cases are not rare in special education schools.
18 pairs of glasses for the blind were provided to the blind students (there are a total of 53 blind students). Many of them have low vision and need to be diagnosed. We would give them vision-aid glasses or eye-shades according to their prescriptions.
According to the vision of deaf-mute students, we screened 403 students with vision problems, and 41 of them were found with problems. 27 of them could be corrected by spectacles, 5 of them were not at school and 9 of them had serious vision problems. The lowest vision is 0.1.
The most popular eye care education among the children is text and graphics. They also like to learn the knowledge by playing games. The local volunteers did not participate in the activity, so there’s a gap in popularizing eye care knowledge.
The children have never accepted such examinations before. The sign language means they could see clearly.
The children are receiving fundus examinations. Due to the poor equipment, we only did simple examinations for their fundus and could not give confirmed diagnoses. We prepared files for the children with special cases and did not provide glasses for them. The volunteers will follow up these cases for further examination in professional hospitals.
Tao Qinmei is a deaf-mute student. Her myopia degree reaches 1800, but her eyesight is as poor as 0.1. The vitreous body became turbidity, and she has difficulty in walking.
Another girl is named Gu Qin, and she is in vocational class. Her eyes look normal, but her eyesight is too poor for walking. Her teacher said she could not even see a big hole ahead of her. She only lives in her familiar environment.
The eyesight of many students can attain the normal level by prescription, which makes their lives easier and helps to protect to their eyes.
Original article written by Quandi Cheng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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