August named Children's Eye Health Month by PBA

August 30, 2007

Two out of three children in the United States don't get proper eye-care. Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has declared August as Children?s Eye Health and Safety Month to educate the public.

It's a problem that faces two out of three children in the United States. Missing out on critical eye-care services before the age of 6 could lead to vision loss. This is why Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has declared August as Children's Eye Health and Safety Month to educate the public.

Legislation has gone through both the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the Vision Care for Kids Act of 2007. This would provide funding for eligible children to have their eyes examined.

One in 20 pre-school children has a vision problem, according to the PBA. Some possible eye problems in children include, amblyopia, strabismus, congenital cataract, and congenital glaucoma.

PBA was founded in 1908 and is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization. It provides public and professional education, certified vision screening programs, advocacy, community and patient servicing programs, and research.