Even though Colombia is the third most populous country in Latin America with an estimated population of 48,203,405, eye health is not considered as a priority in national health policies. As a result, eye health services are unevenly distributed throughout the country and difficult to access. The lack of eye health care in some areas has long-lasting negative consequences, especially for children.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 19 million children aged 15 and under have visual impairment, 12 million of whom suffer from refractive errors that could easily be diagnosed and corrected with glasses, bifocals and contact lenses.
The lack of eye care services in under-served communities is having long-lasting, negative consequences for our children.