Prevent Blindness Texas Provides Tips and Tools to Promote Children’s Vision and Eye Health as New School Year Begins

Non-profit Group Declares August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to Educate Parents, Teachers on Importance of Healthy Vision for Kids

HOUSTON (July 22, 2012)– As many children begin to head back to school after the summer break, Prevent Blindness Texas hopes to help educate parents and educators on the importance of children’s vision.

According to the recent “Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States” study from Prevent Blindness America, vision disorders in children ages 0 to 17 cost Americans more than $5.7 billion in direct and indirect costs. Fortunately, eye problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) can be successfully treated if detected early. 

Prevent Blindness Texas has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority. The non-profit group provides free information on its website at

Topics include:

  • Signs of possible eye problems in children
  • Taking your child to an eye doctor
  • Your child's glasses
  • Protecting your child's eyes from the sun
  • Keeping your child safe from eye injuries

For educators, Prevent Blindness Texas offers the Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum for grades kindergarten to 2nd, 3rd to 5th and 6th to 8th. The program, which is available free for download upon request, provides teachers with interactive materials that help students learn the importance of sight, components of the eye and how we see, and how to identify objects and situations that can be dangerous to eyes. The program meets National Health, National Science and National Physical Education standards and includes presentation guides, eye exam diagrams, in-class worksheets and an activity book for children to take home.

“The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time in a child’s life,” said Debbie Goss, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Texas. “By working together with parents and educators, we hope to give all our kids a bright and healthy start!”

For more information on children’s eye health and safety, or the Star Pupils Eye Health and Safety Curriculum, please call Prevent Blindness America at 1-888-98-SIGHT or visit

About Prevent Blindness Texas

Founded in 1956, Prevent Blindness is the state’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness Texas touches the lives of thousands of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the Texas public. Through a network of regional offices and volunteers, we are committed to eliminating preventable blindness in Texas. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-888-98-SIGHT or visit us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or blog.

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