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TOLEDO, OH (September 27, 2019) – The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness held a children’s vision screening training workshop for 15 area professionals who serve young children on September 20, 2019 at the Bright Side Academy in Toledo. Volunteers were trained and certified to conduct standardized children’s vision screenings that help detect early vision problems. Each trainee also received screening equipment valued at $950.
The training was supported by the Save Our Sight Fund, which was established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1999 and is administered by the Ohio Department of Health. It is funded by $1 voluntary consumer donations at the time of motor vehicle registration to support eye health and safety programs for kids.
State Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) greeted volunteers at the training and thanked them for their commitment to saving the sight of Ohio’s children.
“Many eye problems in children can be effectively treated and corrected if diagnosed early,” said State Representative Michael Sheehy. “The Ohio General Assembly is pleased to have created this program in 1999 to serve the sight-saving needs of over 300,000 Ohio children annually.”
Vision problems affect one in four school-age children and one in twenty preschoolers. Eighty percent of what a child learns is visual – good vision is critical to learning. Undetected vision problems can affect how well a child performs in the classroom. An estimated 47,300 Ohio preschool children (1 in 20) have a vision disorder including amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) that can lead to loss of vision.
“Strong vision is a critical component of a child’s learning experience,” said State Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “I am proud to support the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness and the Save Our Sight Fund as they work to support early detection and treatment of child vision problems.”
Prevent Blindness recommends a continuum of eye care for children to include both vision screening and comprehensive eye examinations. All children, even those with no signs of trouble, should have their eyes checked at regular intervals.
To find out more information about vision screening or find local listing of vision screening trainings, visit www.wiseabouteyes.org.
About Prevent Blindness
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 1,000,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. 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.
(Representative Michael Sheehy pictured below with participants of the vision screener training)