LOCAL FAMILIES GET “WILD ABOUT EYES” AT THE CONTINENTAL LIBRARY

CONTINENTIAL, OH (January 21, 2011)– In conjunction with the Wild About Eyes kiosk, Prevent Blindness Ohio held a special Wild About Eyes reading hour at the Continental Library for children on January 6th.  Kelly Ward, Library Director, read Arthur’s Eyes to the children.  The reading hour provided a fun way for children to learn the importance of their vision.  This was done through characters they could identify with in books and gave the children an opportunity to explore the world of vision through hands-on crafts and experiments.  Each child who attended the reading hour received a gift bag containing the book Arthur’s Eyes, safety glasses, and information about vision health and safety for their parent/guardians. 
 
In cooperation with Prevent Blindness Ohio, the library is also hosting the Wild About Eyes kiosk from December 15, 2010 – January 12, 2011.  The Wild About Eyes kioskis an interactive educational exhibit that teaches young children, ages 4-10 and their adult companions about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe for a lifetime.  Eye safety, common vision problems and diseases, how our eyes work, and the effects of vision loss are presented in fun, interactive ways to increase awareness and support healthy vision habits.
 
Prevent Blindness Ohio has an ongoing commitment to provide information to young children regarding healthy behaviors they can adopt to help ensure that they have good eyesight for their lifetime. Approximately 80 percent of what a child learns is learned through their gift of sight - so early detection and treatment of vision disorders are important to maximize a child’s visual and educational potential.  The longer eye conditions are left untreated, the more likely they are to worsen, affecting learning ability, athletic performance and self-esteem.
 
Wild About Eyeswas developed in response to the alarming number of child eye injuries (approximately 4,000 annually in Ohio), and the fact that young children receive very little, or no, information on how they can keep their eyes healthy and safe.  Children, even very young children, can be taught how to prevent blinding eye accidents and diseases thus empowering them to make good, informed decisions about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe.  The kiosk provides this information and additional resources to children and their caregivers in a fun, interactive way.
 
Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton partnered to design, build and travel Wild About Eyes.It travels, free of charge, to libraries and small venues throughout Ohio.  It is funded by the Save Our Sight Fund which is administered by the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Child and Family Health Services. The Save Our Sight Fund is supported by $1 donations at the time of motor vehicle registration to support eye health and safety programs for kidswww.saveoursight.org.
 
About Prevent Blindness Ohio
Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.  Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.
 
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