I have aways taken for granted my 20/20 vision and as I’ve gotten older I have started to realize my eyes don’t seem as sharp as they use to be. I realized that I was in need of a thorough eye exam. So off I went to see the eye doctor and discovered that I didn’t need glasses after all, but I was made aware that my 20/20 vision could change sooner than later for me. I then started to think more about not only my eyesight but children’s too. I recently learned of a great website www.eyedidntknowthat.com by Transitions Optical. This is a great website for children, parents and educators to learn about important vision information. I discovered that not only should I be more aware of my children’s eye care but my own too.
Did you know:
- That Diabetes is the number one cause of all recent agents of blindness in the United States among patients 24-74 years of age according to Transitions Optical’s Healthy Sight Institute.
- The incidence of diabetes is higher among various groups in the United States, including Hispanic/Latino Americans.
- There are environmental factors that may lead to an increased risk of developing vision conditions, such as: exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR).
For as long as I can remember children typically received a standard eye exam during a physical from their pediatrician or at school. We assume that all is well once they are done reading the eye chart and no red flags have come to light. A quick eye checkup should suffice and in most cases this is true. However, we must remind ourselves that although our children are young and healthy we cannot take their eyesight for granted. Did you know that a basic eye exam does not test for near vision or most common children’s vision problems such as eye coordination, lazy eye, and farsightedness. These vision issues can be missed in a standard eye screening. We need to keep in mind that a comprehensive eye checkup needs to be a part of our overall health.
According to Transitions Optical:
- One in four children have undiagnosed vision problem that can interfere with the ability to read and learn.
- 80% of what a child learns is visual.
- Educating children about proper eye care, such as regular eye exams and proper eyewear, can help to prevent the development of common vision problems later in life.
Transitions developed the “Eye Didn’t Know That” (“Yo No Sabia Eso”) website for kids and adults in both English and Spanish. This site has wonderful information that can help guide you with any questions you may have regarding healthy vision. There are games, fun facts and downloadable materials for parents and children to explore. I had both my children check out the website. My son had fun with the opitical illusions page and tested his Eye Q in eye care and my daughter loved the coloring sheets and playing the memory game. As a result from them exploring the website I also learned valuable facts regarding vision care.
One of the important things that I learned about taking care of my children’s eyesight was to be more vigilant in having them wear sunglasses and a hat to protect their eyes from UV rays. Children’s eyes are more sensitive to UV exposure and environmental factors and we need to pay close attention to any warning signs when it comes to healthy vision.
Transitions Optical, Inc has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in helping to educate and motivate consumers nationwide, particularly in ethnics groups such as Hispanics, African American and Asian American, to visit and eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams, helping with the early detection of vision conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy.
Transitions Optical has joined with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to offer FREE vision screenings during the ADA Expos in Chicago and New York to help educate consumers about proper eyecare and its connection to Diabetes.
ADA Health Expos:
Chicago, IL April 14th, 2012
New York City, NY November 3rd, 2012
Transitions® lenses – the #1 recommended adaptive lenses worldwide are the ideal everyday choice for healthy sight. They are clear indoors and at night, and outdoors, continuously adapt with every variation of light so you can consistently see your best.
Take the extra time to take care of your vision as well as your loved ones – Nuestros ojos son delicados (our eyes are delicate).