I.O.O.F. California Visual Research Foundation, Inc.
Another need within the eye program is for volunteers for pre-school vision screening teams. There are many opportunities to expand on our community service obligations in this very rewarding way. Your Visual Research Secretary Emeritus was very active in this field for many years.
Prevent Blindness America
Frequently Asked Questions about Amblyopia
Q: What treatment follows the correction of the underlying cause?
The correction may be followed by:
Q: What happens if amblyopia goes untreated?
If not treated early
enough, an amblyopic eye may never develop good vision and may even become
Q: How many people have amblyopia?
It is estimated that
two to three percent of the general population suffers from this form of
Q: Are there any support groups for parents and children who are dealing with amblyopia?
Prevent Blindness America is in the early stages of creating such a group. If you are interested in joining the group or if you can contribute experiences, stories or helpful hints, please visit the Eye Patch Club™.
To learn more about
amblyopia, please contact
Blindness America, or the
Blindness affiliate near you.
Guide to Safeguarding Your Child's Vision
Ten Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Children:
• Squinting, closing/covering one eye
If your child displays any of these warning signs, contact your local eyecare professional to schedule an eye exam for your child. To locate an eyecare professional in your community, visit the
Teaching your Child About Vision
If your child was born with a vision problem, he/she cannot bring it to your attention since he/she does not know what he/she is missing. Thus, the Better Vision Institute recommends that you and your child visit
. By following Fuzzi, a blurried-eyed student at Good Pupil Elementary, on his adventures throughout the school day, your child can learn that if he/she sees anything blurry, like Fuzzi does, he/she should let you know.
It is also important to realize that even if your child demonstrates good vision clarity, he/she may still have a vision problem. For more information, talk to your local eyecare professional.Eye Exams & Screenings
Good vision is essential to success in school. In fact, 80 percent of what children learn in their first 12 years comes through their eyes. Thus, the Better Vision Institute would like to make sure that you’re aware of the basics of caring for your child’s vision.
In addition to looking out for warning signs of vision problems, it’s also important to realize the role of vision screenings and eye exams in protecting your children’s vision.
1: Vision screenings, usually performed by a pediatrician, nurse or trained layperson, are designed to assess a child’s vision clarity. In addition, screenings may also pick up certain eye conditions, such as amblopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (wandering eye). However, due to limitations, screenings cannot detect all eye conditions and may even miss some common vision problems.
2: Eye exams, performed only by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, are the most effective method of detecting vision problems and eye disorders. Even if your child has had a screening, the Better Vision Institute recommends that your child has a comprehensive eye exam before starting school.
Did you know that the sun can do as much damage to your eyes as it can to your skin? This is especially true for children, whose young eyes let in more UV-rays and spend a lot of time outdoors. To protect your child’s eyes, make sure he/she wears sunglasses with polycarbonate (shatterproof) lenses that offer 100% UV protection.
Children who use the computer for long periods of time may develop eye strain, since their eyes have to continuously focus on computer images that are made up of tiny, glowing dots called pixels. If you think your child may be straining to see the computer, an eye doctor can prescribe special computer lenses to help alleviate the problem
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