Back to School: the Best Time to Get Your Child's Eyes Checked

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The Jewish Guild for the Blind's Children's Vision Health Initiative calls for vision screenings for all preschool-age children

Currently, it is estimated that only 21% of preschool children receive vision screening. There is no national standard for eye health and vision screening, and large numbers of children reach their elementary school years with eye conditions that could have been corrected, as well as resulting vision loss that could have been prevented with earlier detection.

The not-for-profit Jewish Guild for the Blind is leading the charge to implement national standards for vision screening in preschool-age children. The Guild's Children's Vision Health Initiative seeks to ensure that the vision of young children does not continue to be overlooked.
The Guild's initiative focuses attention on this critical issue in order that eye health and vision screening become part of a child's routine preschool physical examination by a pediatrician.

In addition, The Guild launched a national Telesupport network for parents of children with eye disease and associated vision impairment. Participants have had relatively little interaction with other parents of children with similar disabilities, and the majority live in small towns or rural areas across the country. This is an opportunity to share their struggles and successes of raising a child with blindness and/or multiple disabilities. Groups are offered at no cost and meet weekly. Support groups are based on the eye condition of the children, giving parents in different parts of the country the opportunity to connect with parents of children going through a similar experience.

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The Jewish Guild for the Blind, one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit vision health care agencies, has been serving blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled children, adults and the elderly since 1914. The Jewish Guild for the Blind is nonsectarian.


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