Orbis End of Year Appeal: Megha was diagnosed with amblyopia lazy eye

Help restore sight and hope for girls like Megha

January 2020

If you met Megha, you would immediately see that this bright fourth grader from Nepal wears her glasses with pride. The simple lenses do more than just correct her vision. Without them she would have been destined to a life of poverty, dependence and despair. But it's thanks to kind people like you that Megha now can see a bright future.

During this season of reflection, we're reminded of all the other children and adults who don’t have access to high-quality eye care — and struggle needlessly. That's why we want to give more children, parents and grandparents the chance to live their lives with clear vision, independence and dignity.

Orbis End of Year Appeal: Megha was diagnosed with amblyopia lazy eye

Fourth grader Megha pictured with her mom

Globally, refractive errors are the most common cause of vision impairment. They occur when the shape of an eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in blurred images. In cities like Biratnagar, where Megha lives with her parents and three siblings, the prevalence of refractive errors is increasing in schoolchildren.

Since 80% of learning is visual, these impairments have a particularly devastating impact on children, who face both poor vision and critical setbacks in development

Because of her undiagnosed amblyopia — a refractive error known as “lazy eye”— Megha struggled in school. She couldn’t read the blackboard or her textbooks. Fortunately, Megha’s story didn’t end there. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Orbis is working with local partners in Nepal to screen, identify and treat schoolchildren who need eye health services.

Launched in December 2018 , REACH - which stands for Refractive Error Among Children - is a three-year Orbis project to provide care for conditions like lazy eye, nearsightedness and farsightedness. REACH’s goal is to screen and treat 500,000 children like Megha by 2021.

Orbis End of Year Appeal: Megha can see clearly again with her new glasses

Megha can see clearly again with her new glasses

Before she was examined, Megha didn’t make the connection between her difficulty with her schoolwork and poor vision. “When they did my eye check-up, I could not see with my one eye. I did not know.”

Because the healthy eye can compensate for its affected counterpart, children with refractive errors often don’t realize there is a problem. As a result, they can suffer permanent vision loss without treatment.

This means that our REACH program is critical and life-changing. Once diagnosed, Megha received free prescription eyeglasses which she picked out herself. She says, “I like everything about my glasses.”

Now able to see clearly, Megha studies hard, enjoys playing with her friends — and dreams of a future as a teacher: “I want to become a reading and writing teacher. I will teach in Nepal and I will teach small children."

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While another child waits for the eye care they need, your generosity today will provide them with healthy vision and a bright future. Thank you for all your support!

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