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Exhibition helps public experience ‘lazy eye’

A photographic exhibition titled “Lazy Eye,” bringing attention to children who suffer from amblyopia — also known as lazy eye — has now been opened to the public in Shanghai.

In the exhibition, online viewers are able to learn about the real lives, difficulties and feelings of people with amblyopia.

Visitors are able to experience the daily visu­al perception of the group with voice prompts and VRinteraction.

One of the works, “Light Hound,” describes how amblyopia children walk on the wind­ing mountain road, sticking with their fellow travelers.

Another work, “Restricted Area,” refers to the kitchen where the children are not permit­ted to enter because of danger.

The exhibition is co-hosted by China Chari­ties Aid Foundation for Children and Tencent Charitable Foundation. CCAFC, who won a China Charity Award in 2018, is a national foundation established in 2010 in Beijing that aims to help orphans, homeless children, or any other children who need help.

Amblyopia is a vision development disorder due to the eye and brain not working together properly, in which the eye fails to achieve nor­mal visual acuity.

It often begins during infancy and early childhood and is the most common cause of decreased vision in a single eye among chil­dren and younger adults.

According to the China Children and Teen­agers’ Fund, there are 12 million children suffering from amblyopia in China, over 4 million of whom live in remote areas.

Due to financial shortages, misdiagnosis and lack of knowledge about the illness, many children miss their optimal opportunity for treatment, leading to permanent blindness.


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