Shocked… and Grateful

“I was shocked that Skylar had a vision issue. We may not have known for quite some time that our daughter needed special eye care, let alone glasses. I work with children every day and had no idea! We will always be grateful to Preserve Vision Florida for this screening.” —Jennifer Dunn, Center Director, Childcare of Brandon Town Center

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More than 12,000 Vision Screenings Each Year

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Did you know? In addition to dozens of vision screenings open to the public each year, Preserve Vision Florida provides screenings at more than 500 additional sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. This year, we expect to screen more than 12,000 children and adults. One in four children has vision problems. Early detection and correction help children see their bright future!   Thank you all again very much. I was shocked that Skylar had a vision issue. We may not have known for quite some time that our daughter needed special eye care, let alone glasses. I work with children…

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Meet Amaia

Preserve Vision Florida screened her at the Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Brandon. Our team identified that she suffers from myopia, also known as near-sightedness.  This is experienced as distant objects appearing blurry, while objects up close appear normal. Some symptoms associated with myopia may be headaches and eye strain. Without correction, Amaia would not be able to see well in a classroom to learn or play sports safely. PVF set up an eye examination with Optical Outlets and the doctor prescribed eyeglasses. Amaia can now see her bright future through her stylish glasses and will keep them safe…

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Good News! Back to School

Preserve Vision Florida was invited to the Beth El Farmworker Back to School Bash, where we provided free vision screenings and follow-ups for children who need an eye exam and glasses. During the event, we also provided adult and child eye health and safety education sessions. These families learned how sunglasses protect children and adults from harmful UV rays that can cause vision damage including cataracts!  

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Focus on Sports Eye Safety

Parents, Teachers and Coaches Can Help Prevent Sports-Related Eye Injuries Parents and coaches play an important role in making sure young athletes protect their eyes and properly gear up for the game. Protective eyewear should be part of any uniform because it plays such an important role in reducing sports-related eye injury. Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. These injuries account for an estimated 100,000 physician visits per year at a cost of more than $175 million. Ninety percent of sports-related eye injuries can be…

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Protecting Children’s Sight

New Online Resource to Help Protect Children’s Sight Launches from The National Center For Children’s Vision And Eye Health at Prevent Blindness and the National Association Of School Nurses (March 2, 2016) – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has partnered with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to create a new online resource to support school nurses in the implementation of stronger vision health programs for the students they serve. More than 12.1 million school-age children, or one in four, have some form of a vision problem which includes refractive errors…

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What You Need to Know About Toy-related Injuries

Report Shows Increase in Toy-related Injuries Treated in U.S. Emergency Rooms In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,700 toy-related injuries, compared to 265,000 the year before. And 73 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. In fact, approximately 83,700 were to those under 5 years of age. As with previous years, the most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, with the most common injuries being lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. The top three specifically identified toys associated with…

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Children’s Vision & Electronic Devices

Digital Eye Safety Leader Healthe Joins Prevent Blindness to Help Save Children’s Vision Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, is pleased to announce the support of Healthe and their EyeSafe™ technologies. Through this new partnership, Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products, including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources. According to a recent study, children’s eyes absorb…

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Children’s Eye Health & Safety

Prevent Blindness Offers Children’s Eye Health Programs to Help Parents, Teachers and Kids Save Sight SEMINOLE, FL (July 29, 2015) – Back-to-school preparations are well underway for many parents and students. To help give children a great head start to a successful school year, Prevent Blindness offers free information and programs on the importance of healthy vision. Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. Family-friendly resources on a wide variety of topics that help parents take the right steps to keep their child’s…

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