One School
At A Time
Children with undiagnosed vision impairment are particularly vulnerable. It affects their personal development, educational outcomes, social development, and safety in public spaces. Unfortunately, a lack of access to eye care and treatment means millions of children remain unnecessarily vision impaired.
What we do?
To bridge this gap and give children from disadvantaged families and under-served communities a brighter future, CooperVision, EssilorLuxottica, African Eye Institute (AEI), and Peek Vision launched a South African initiative — “One School at a Time” (One SAAT), part of the Berkeley Vision CURE global program — conducting eye screenings, ensuring necessary referrals, and providing free spectacles as needed to children in KwaZulu-Natal schools. This initiative aims to upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to reach more children in more locations, break down barriers to services, and introduce children to healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
The One SAAT initiative was introduced in 2021. During that time, the partners brought free vision screening, eye examinations, and spectacles to children in need at 11 KwaZulu-Natal schools in underrepresented communities.
Participating schools - 2021
pupils underwent vision pre-screening
children received free spectacles
children were referred to their nearest hospital or clinic for further care and management
teachers underwent vision pre-screening
teachers were prescribed spectacles
Another phase of the program has started in March 2022, aiming to reach 12 eThekwini District schools (approximately 10,000 learners and 250 educators) by September 2022.
Participating schools - 2022
Nizam Road Primary
Phila Primary
Lotus Primary
Macken Mistry Primary
Newlands East
Settlers Primary
Bonela Primary 
Eqinisweni Primary
Lenham Primary
Pemary Ridge Primary
Reservoir Hills
New West Secondary
Newlands West
Columbia Primary
Greenwood Park
Crystal Point Secondary
There's lots of work to be done, but CooperVision, EssilorLuxottica, African Eye Institute (AEI), and Peek Vision believe that via joint effort, they can make the future look a lot brighter for South Africa's children.