Uncorrected vision problems, childhood literacy deficits linked

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Created: 21 March 2016
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Uncorrected Vision Problems, Childhood Literacy Deficits Linked

A study published in late January in Opthalmology magazine further supports the need for comprehensive eye examinations for all children. Click here to read the entire article.



Governor Proclaims October See to Learn Month in Nebraska

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Created: 23 October 2015
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As part of a statewide focus this Fall, the Nebraska Optometric Association (NOA) in cooperation with the Nebraska Foundation for Childrens Vision (NFCV) announced a renewed emphasis on the See to Learn program, where participating optometrists offer free vision assessments to any three-year-old.

To help combat this problem, and catch vision disorders early, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed October as SEE TO LEARN™ Month in Nebraska. Click here to read the Proclamation.

For more information about SEE TO LEARN™ or to schedule a free vision assessment for your three-year-old, call the Eye Care Council at 1-800-960-EYES, visit the NFCV website at www.nechildrensvision.org or the Nebraska Optometric Association's website at BetterEyeCareNebraska.com


One in Five Children Enter Kindergarten With an Undiagnosed Vision Disorder

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Created: 08 November 2013
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Halloween Eye Safety Tips

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Created: 31 October 2013
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girl in costume photoWhile Halloween can be an exciting and festive time for all trick-or-treaters and party-goers, it can also be dangerous. Millions of adults and children enjoy dressing up for the occasion, but be sure to follow these tips to avoid a a real life “scary” situation.

Below are some tips on Halloween Eye Safety.

1. Avoid costumes that block vision
Be sure masks, wigs and eye patches don't block visibility. Some masks are very dangerous for children because they block their side vision. A better, safer option is to decorate your child's face with face paint

2. Use make-up safely
If you decide to disguise your child with make-up instead of a mask, use hypo-allergenic options and keep it away from the eyes. Have an adult apply the makeup and remove it with cold cream instead of soap and water. Bonus tip: carry a wet towel or washcloth in case the make-up begins to run while trick-or-treating.

3. Don't allow sharp objects to be used as props
Avoid pointed props such as spears, swords or wands that endanger other children's eyes. Sharp, pointed props endanger your child eyes as well as the eyes of other children.

4. Beware of wearing decorative contact lenses without an evaluation and fitting by an eye doctor
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that people who buy and wear decorative contact lenses do so only with a proper eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Remember that contact lenses are medical devices and require a valid prescription. Be on the safe side and have your eye doctor fit them on your child. If not used safely, contact lens use can lead to vision loss

5. Carry a flashlight
Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths. If it is a dark night, your child will not be able to see holes in yards or missing porch steps. A flashlight will also make your child more visible to drivers.

6. Make sure costumes are reflective
Wear bright, reflective clothing or have reflective patches somewhere on the costume if you are going out at night in your costume.

More Halloween Safety Tips from the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230283.htm
Sources: vision.about.com/od/eyeexaminations/tp/Halloween_Safety.htm, preventblindness.org, nebraska.aoa.org and aoa.org.


Governor Proclaims October See to Learn Month in Nebraska

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Created: 17 October 2013
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Governor Proclaims October See to Learn Month in NebraskaOn Wednesday, October 16, Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation declaring October See To Learn Month in Nebraska.

On hand for the ceremony were NFCV Consultant Neil Powell, Executive Director Dave McBride and Associate Director Alissa Johnson.

The See To Learn program offers free vision assessments for any 3-year-old in Nebraska, regardless of economic status.

For more information, go to http://nechildrensvision.org/seetolearn.html.


End-of-Year Giving

If you are considering end-of-year contributions, NFCV hopes you will choose us for one of your donations. With your help, we continue to work toward our goal of ensuring every child in Nebraska is visually prepared to learn.

Click here to give to NFCV.

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