According to the organization, the goal is to highlight and address the diverse and critical vision and eye health needs of children and to improve outcomes through advocacy, public health, education, and awareness.
Prevent Blindness has declared 2022 the “Year of Children’s Vision”
The goal is to highlight and address the diverse and critical vision and eye health needs of children and to improve outcomes through advocacy, public health, education, and awareness. Common vision disorders in children include amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and refractive error, including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
According to the recent report, “Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues,” from the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH), vision plays a critical role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development.
However, up to one in 5 young children has an undiagnosed vision disorder. Unfortunately, uncorrected vision disorders remain common, and can impair child development, interfere with learning, reduce quality of life, and even lead to permanent vision loss.
Additionally, the annual economic costs of children’s vision disorders are approximately $10 billion in the United States alone, with families shouldering a significant portion of the costs, including medical care, vision aids and devices and more.
To help address these concerns, Prevent Blindness will embark on a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the Year of Children’s Vision, including but not limited to:
“In 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded as a public health agency dedicated to saving sight in newborns, said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Through the decades, we’ve greatly expanded our mission to address a variety of children’s vision issues, including the role that healthy vision plays in learning, health disparities and access to care for minority populations, and advocating for funding to support research and programs.”
Todd also pointed out that the organization is looking forward to 2022 and the Year of Children’s Vision, and invites all those interested in supporting this important cause to contact us today to help us provide a brighter future for our children.
For more information on children’s vision and eye health, please visit https://preventblindness.org/. For information on partnering or sponsorship opportunities for the Year of Children’s Vision, please contact Kate Desulis, Prevent Blindness Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.