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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and 2022 is the “Year of Children’s Vision” at ISPB and Prevent Blindness IL. We are offering a wide variety of free resources, including educational tool kits, fact sheets, webinars, and more, to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, school nurses and public health professionals the information they need to help keep children’s eyes healthy and ensure that children are ready to learn and succeed in school, activities and development.

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has an extensive library of free informational resources about vision health for children from infants to teens. Programs for professionals include the “Small Steps for Big Vision” tool kit, vision screening certification training, children’s vision and eye health data and reports, facts sheets in multiple languages and shareable social media graphics.

Available in August, ISPB, Prevent Blindness IL and the NCCVEH will offer:

  • a free webinar, “Vision Screening: Birth Through High School,” presented by Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdD, education and outreach coordinator at Prevent Blindness. The first in a two-part series, the session will be held Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.
  • two Facebook live discussions in partnership with the Children’s Vision Equity Alliance: “Children’s Eye Safety” on Aug. 16 and the “Healthy Kids Summit” on Aug. 23 on BlackDoctor.org.
  • an updated Star Pupils: Healthy Eyes for Healthy Futures Curriculum for educators. The free materials include a teacher classroom presentation guide, reference eye exam diagram and in-class worksheets (includes coloring and activity sheets).
  • presentations and video recordings from “The Children’s Vision Forum” session held at the 2022 Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit. Stacy Ayn Lyons, OD, FAAO, New England College of Optometry moderated presentations from parents, patients, educators, researchers and clinicians. Presentations include a variety of topics on children’s eye health.

Prevent Blindness and its affiliates also partner with leading companies throughout the year to provide vouchers for free children’s vision services. Since 1999, Prevent Blindness and VSP Eyes of Hope have provided nearly 125,000 students in need with free vision care and glasses valued at up to $48 million. In the United States, Prevent Blindness also partners with OneSight from EssilorLuxottica. Since the program’s inception, OneSight has served 10 million people in more than 50 countries, providing permanent vision care access to more than 42 million people. New this year, Prevent Blindness is partnering with AEG Vision to provide eye examinations and eyeglasses to children and adults in Ohio and Texas.

For general information on children’s eye health and safety, go to https://preventblindness.org/your-childs-sight/.

For information on the NCCVEH and its variety of programs, visit https://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/. Vision care financial assistance resources in English and Spanish may also be found at: http://preventblindness.org/vision-care-financial-assistance-information/.

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