Prevent Blindness America and Transitions Optical Partner to Educate on Children’s Eye Health in Culturally Diverse Populations

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., July 9, 2013 – Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, and Transitions Optical, Inc. have partnered again to expand education on addressing the nation’s vision problems, with a special focus on at-risk groups. The new Focus on Children’s Eye Health in Culturally Diverse Populationspaper highlights eye-related issues and considerations for kids, highlighting factors that further impact members of various ethnic groups.

The report was released following Prevent Blindness America’s “Focus on Eye Health Summit,” held on June 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C. as a call-to-action for government agencies, policymakers, organization leaders and patient advocates to make eye health education among these groups a national priority. It is also available on the Prevent Blindness America website for eyecare professionals and consumers to download.

“During this year’s summit, we really focused on the economic burden caused by the growing number of vision problems in our country,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “The total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss in the United States is $139 billion every year. Although much of this lies with the aging population, the best way to protect eye health and reduce this burden over time is through early identification and treatment of vision problems. Understanding what the risks are that can eventually lead to vision loss and other debilitating vision problems – and taking into account how these risks differ between cultural populations – are important steps toward this goal.”

Added Manuel Solis, multicultural marketing manager, Transitions Optical, “we’ve been expanding our education bank focused on cultural and diversity issues for several years. This is the perfect time of year to focus on children’s eye health, with back-to-school exams on the horizon.”

The “Focus on Children’s Eye Health in Culturally Diverse Populations” paper is made possible through an educational grant from the TransitionsHealthy Sight for Life Fund™. To download it, visit PreventBlindness.org/focus-childrens-eye-health.