El Clínic carries out visual assessments for more than 200 vulnerable children
The website Barcelona Clinic Hospital provided ophthalmological checks to 200 children from vulnerable families. participate in the campaign “#Invulnerable with Vision” campaign, promoted by the “la Caixa” Foundation, Sister Lucia Caram and Natural Optics Group.
According to data from the American Academy of Ophthalmology mentioned Monday by the “la Caixa” Foundation in a statement, visual problems affect one in four school-age children and one 25% of the student population are susceptible to undetected problems such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or lazy eye.
The projections were made by a team led by the team leader from the European Commission. Clinic Hospital Ophthalmology Service, Bernardo Sánchez-Dalmau, as well as nine ophthalmology specialists, five optometrists and administrative staff.
After the health check, they proposed glasses to children who need them, who have been able to choose and who have received the appropriate lenses for their situation. prescription, age and use.
The ophthalmologists at the Clínic reminded us that vision develops during childhood. the first six or seven years of life, They therefore recommend that children have a assessment of their vision when they enter school, around the age of four, and repeat screening once a year.
“#Invulnerable with vision” was born in 2018 with the goal of ” take care of the visual health of children to ensure their general well-being”. and “provide fundamental support for their cognitive development”; since then, eight days of ophthalmological control have been carried out in different centers in Catalonia.
According to the “la Caixa” foundation, the program promoted by Sister Lucia Caram and the same foundation. “fight against child poverty”. and “strives to break the cycle of inherited poverty by promoting equality of opportunity”.
The “#Invulnerables” program is present everywhere the European Union is present. indicators of the Generalitat brand more child poverty: Manresa, Manlleu, Tarragona, El Vendrell, Tortosa, Lleida (districts of La Mariola, Ctra de Sant Pere, Balafia and Pardinyes), Girona, Salt, Figueres, Lloret de Mar, Banyoles and Ripoll-Sant Joan de les Abadesses.
Since the launch of the “#Invulnerable” program. six years ago, was taken care of 1,516 families and 2,794 children.