Improving eye care for children
Children need good vision from birth until the age of 7 years to ensure that their brains develop the visual pathways that will lead to healthy adult vision. Anything that obstructs their vision during this crucial time can result in lifelong visual impairment or blindness, as well as delays to their overall physical, mental, and social development; this is the case even if their eye condition is treated when they are older.
The articles in this issue are designed to be as accessible as possible, so you can use them to refresh your own knowledge or adapt them for teaching.
The poster on page 23 ‘Important messages for eye health in babies and young children‘ can be downloaded from the ‘Useful resources’ section of the Journal website.
Articles in this issue –
- Improving eye care for children
- Common eye conditions in children: care and referral at primary level
- Detecting vision problems in children
- Congenital glaucoma: the ‘not-so-silent’ thief of sight in children
- Preseptal and orbital cellulitis: how to identify and treat these conditions – and save lives
- Recognising and managing bilateral cataracts in children
- Corneal ulcers in children
- Cerebral visual impairment
- Ensuring safety for children with trachomatous trichiasis: experiences from South Sudan
- The role of free eye health resources in the ongoing learning and development of eye health workers in Eastern Africa
- How the Community Eye Health Journal supports learning in Zambia and Ghana