The project will identify and diagnose children with vision problems between the ages of 4
and 17, providing them with lenses to correct these deficiencies.
Most children in rural areas of Risaralda do not have access to optometry services. They could
have vision problems and not even realize they are experiencing them since the symptoms
are not easily identified, but they could have difficulty reading books, the classroom
blackboard, and the computer screens in some schools. As a result, there is a delay in their
academic development, which also triggers emotional stress. The recent excessive use of
digital devices has amplified the problem.
Around 30% of schoolchildren have visual deficiencies that affect their intellectual and social
development. It is caused by genetic problems, the excessive use of digital devices caused by
the pandemic and the lack of coverage and care in remote areas of the health system.
2) DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECT
● Selection of rural and urban communities which will benefit from the project: with
support from the educational community, teachers, coordinators and principals,
identifying the visually impaired population in these areas. Additionally, carrying out
a pre-selection to guarantee the greatest use of resources.
● Procedure before the Secretary of Health, for the corresponding permits
● Schedule and performance of visual examinations in their initial stage, in the GOOD
VISION medical unit.
● Instant delivery of lenses, adaptation and use of them for children with visual
● Programming of special cases, which will be attended to at the Sanmartín de Porras
foundation, with the same process of frame selection and lens adaptation, training in
use and care, delivery
● Data collection for control and monitoring
3) BENEFICIARIES DIRECTO
We will carry out 2,000 visual exams in rural areas of the department of Risaralda, to children
between the ages of 4 and 17 (school age), donating 900 lenses, including units that can be
delivered instantly and specialized lenses.
These 900 children who are given the glasses will be checked every year for the next two years
to guarantee their progress in visual health.
IN ORDER TO MAKE A TOTAL DELIVERY OF 1860 LENSES DURING THE PROJECT
The project will extend for 3 years in order to carry out annual check-ups on children
who received glasses in the initial stage and guarantee their proper follow-up. WE WILL
MAKE CHILDREN GREATER PROGRESS IN THEIR SCHOOL STAGE, IMPROVING THEIR LEVELS OF
LEARNING, WITH A BETTER LEVEL OF READING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR ACADEMIC AND
IS THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED? DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE
IMPLEMENTATION AND CONTINUITY OF THE PROJECT.
Given that the communities belong to urban and rural areas of the department of Risaralda,
a commitment will be made between Rotary and the educational communities, which will be
signed by rectors of the institutions and presidents of the Rotary clubs, the initial schedule
will be established, with a selection of children who present symptoms of vision deficiency,
to try to optimize resources and reach the population that needs it.
After implementation, principals and educators will commit to monitoring so that children
really use their glasses and review their academic and social progress.
Rotary will commit to conducting visual screening exams each year for a subsequent two-year
period and making necessary adjustments to the formulas based on children's visual