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Aussie Kids See a Bright Future

School kids across the nation have played a role in improving the vision of people around the world by putting on their sunnies and taking part in the ICEE Sunnies for Sight Day last month.

The International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) created Sunnies for Sight Day to raise awareness of the 670 million people around the world who don’t have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses – a health care service which, in most areas of Australia, we often take for granted.

In 2009, thanks partly to our school kids’ support, ICEE was able to increase eye care accessibility by opening locally staffed Vision Centres across the globe, with four Vision Centres in Sri Lanka, three Vision Centres in Papua New Guinea, one Vision Centre in Darwin, Cambodia and Mongolia and several more Vision Centres in Africa including Uganda, while expanding an Australian Aboriginal Vision programme that stretches from NSW to the Northern Territory.

ICEE CEO Professor Brien Holden said the message was uncomplicated – good vision allows children to learn at school and adults to provide for their families.

“Unfortunately, many people in low socioeconomic groups cannot afford corrective measures like a pair of glasses,” Professor Holden said.