Share For Sight: Promote Eye Health Education And Optometry Giving Sight
Want to change someone's life? During the week of World Sight Day Oct. 10-15, 2016 join the #ShareForSight campaign to give a person with impaired vision the gift of clear eyesight.
With the simple click of a button, help us spread eye health education and support the nonprofit organization Optometry Giving Sight. Please share the interesting eye health information below through Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., and consider a donation to help provide eye care to those in underserved areas.
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative specifically targeted to the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to "uncorrected refractive error" that is, nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or presbyopia that is uncorrected simply because individuals don't have access to vision care and glasses. A donation of just $25 can help provide eye exams and eyeglasses for a family in need.
School Vision Screenings Vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams
Vision screenings done by a school nurse or volunteer are designed to alert parents of possible vision problems.
They are not designed to replace eye exams.
While school vision screenings may be a good way to quickly check the visual acuity (20/20, 20/40, etc.) of large groups of students, they don't catch everything.
In fact, studies show that up to 11 percent of children who pass a vision screening actually have a vision problem that needs treatment.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will make sure your child's eyes are healthy, seeing properly and working together as a team for clear, comfortable vision.
Vision problems that are not addressed can severely affect a child's learning ability, with lifelong consequences.
If you are interested in helping a child in a developing country receive an eye exam and glasses, please click here.
If you'd like to help someone in need improve their vision, please learn more about Optometry Giving Sight >
Could An Eye Patch Save Your Child's Vision?
Did you know that about 2 to 3 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of amblyopia, also known as lazy eye? Usually developed in infancy or early childhood, amblyopia occurs when an eye fails to achieve clear vision.
In most cases of lazy eye, only one eye is affected. Treating amblyopia early on prevents a lifetime of visual disability in the affected eye.
There are several options for treating amblyopia, depending on which kind your child has. Almost always, some "patching" is needed. Placing an eye patch over your child's good eye forces the brain to use the other amblyopic eye, encouraging vision development.
If you notice your child is showing signs of a lazy eye, you should take them in for a comprehensive eye exam. Most experts agree that early detection and treatment of lazy eye are important for normal visual development and the best visual outcomes from amblyopia treatment.
In underdeveloped parts of the world, it's very difficult for children to obtain treatment for amblyopia and other vision problems. If you would like to help a child in need, click here to make a donation.
Eye Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Granola
This easy granola recipe is a perfect treat for the fall season. It includes several sources of vitamin E, which helps keep your eyes healthy and could decrease your risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and more.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect against damage caused by free radicals throughout your body. The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for adults and children ages 14 or older is 22.5 IU (about 15 mg per day). This vitamin E-packed recipe contains over 55 IU.
Pumpkin Granola With Seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
3/4 cup baked pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries or cherries (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Spread mixture out on a large baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until slightly browned.
Remove from baking sheet and let mixture cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.
He Was Told He Was Blind...
A boy named John, who lives in an underdeveloped part of Africa, was placed in a school for the blind because he couldn't see. John was learning Braille when a visiting team of optometrists (funded in part by Optometry Giving Sight) visited his school and performed an eye exam.
Learn more about the importance of eye care and eyewear and watch this video.
The team found that John wasn't blind, he just needed a pair of glasses. After they had found the right prescription for him, John was able to see the world clearly, and his life was dramatically changed. He's now planning to become an engineer.
Sadly, millions of people worldwide don't have access to the eye care that John received. By educating locally trained professionals who can provide affordable eye care to their communities, Optometry Giving Sight and its project partners are drastically changing lives for the better.
Optometry Giving Sight's resource mobilization efforts have helped fund 97 sustainable eye care projects in 39 countries. To learn how you can support this great cause, visit www.givingsight.org.
[Page updated October 2016]