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Saving Vision, Preserving Opportunity A. D. Prasad Ranjan Perera, an electrician in Sri Lanka, received the surprise of his life after his 10-year-old son underwent a vision screening. “The specialist told my son that he would have gone blind in one eye” if not for the Lions screening and subsequent care at a Lions hospital and then a children’s hospital in Colombo. His son, Handapangodage Don Rusiru Harita Perera, is one of 10 million children screened through Sight for Kids, an initiative of LCIF and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. The program screens children for vision problems including refractive error and myopia (nearsightedness), which causes significant vision loss in more than 15 percent of children under the age of 15 in many Asian countries. Vision loss can severely harm a child's development, since learning is often visually based. Johnson & Johnson has committed $1.55 million to fund Sight for Kids, which screens children in Korea, Thailand, China, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. More than 275,000 children have been referred to physicians for further evaluation, more than 75,000 have received glasses and more than 55,000 have been treated for various eye conditions. Handapangodage is now able to see. “This has made our lives happy, especially for all the service we received from the Lions Hospital free of cost. We could not have afforded the specialist treatment, medicines and glasses,” said Perera. “We wish all success to the Lions who are saviors of children's sight.”
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