Curtis Stent

Product – Vision 20/20

Child-to-child vision screening.

The current vision screening of children throughout the New Zealand schooling system is insufficient and children regularly slip through the cracks with undetected vision problems. A number of studies report associations between vision problems, lower test scores, poor classroom behavior, a disruptive school environment, and lower quality of life. Given that academic achievement is one of the most powerful predictors of lifelong health, addressing factors that contribute to poor school function may be critical to increasing resilience for children.

This project’s initial design question, which we proved to be accurate, was “Is child to child vision screening possible and viable?” Child to child vision screening is a socially innovative concept, which has not been carried out anywhere worldwide. Throughout this project, we engaged in co-design with the children and teachers at Tahuna Intermediate, where we tested prototypes and created iterations responding to the children and teachers feedback. Other stakeholders of this project included optometrists, occupational therapists and product designers, who all had a substantial input into the final outcome we have achieved.

This project aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. This project is contributing to this goal as it gives the children with unknown vision problems a greater quality of life through detecting potential previously unknown problems and advising them they should be professionally screened. This ensures that the children with these problems are able to have lifelong health and well-being.