New Study Highlights Peek School Eye Health System as a Tool to Educate Children About Wearing Their Glasses
In vision care, as in so many other public health areas, a one-size-fits-all approach is not always an effective way to identify who needs a health intervention and what that intervention should look like.
New peer-reviewed research published in eClinicalMedicine shows how the Peek school eye health system can help service providers evaluate new ways of educating children and their parents about eye health, on a localized basis, in real time.
The study was funded by the Vision Impact Institute and Standard Chartered Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund and made possible by the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) .
Led by Dr. Priya Morjaria, Assistant Professor at the International Centre for Eye Health and Head of Global Programme Development for Peek Vision, the research used the Peek school eye health system to study 7,432 children in 50 government schools in Hyderabad, India, to evaluate whether those children who received education about their vision, along with their parents, were more likely to be wearing their glasses after three to four months.
Researchers were surprised that the results showed little difference between the children who received education and those who did not – in both cases, just over half of them were still using their glasses three to four months after they were provided.
Dr. Morjaria says, “While it’s clear that better education will support better eye health if carefully delivered, this study suggests that effective educational interventions need to be carefully assessed and adapted to local circumstances before being widely rolled out.”
To learn more, read the complete study here.
Researchers for this study were based at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Indian Institute of Public Health, Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute and Peek Vision.