SOURCE: Eyeglass World

August 09, 2007 12:54 ET

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson to Help Raise Awareness of Undiagnosed Vision Problems in Children as School Year Kicks-Off

Many Indianapolis Children Will Start School Year With Undiagnosed Vision Problems; 10 Million Children in U.S. Suffer From Vision Problems; 30 Percent Will Not Receive Proper Care; 70 Percent of Juvenile Offenders Have Undiagnosed Vision Problems; Eye Exams Can Address Underlying Factors Contributing to Juvenile Delinquency

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - August 9, 2007) -


THE STORY     Undiagnosed vision problems in children is a growing issue
              that contributes to a child's performance in school and
              overall behavior.  Many children are struggling with issues
              at school and at home that are stemming from unidentified
              and undiagnosed vision problems.

WHAT          The Julian Center and Eyeglass World team-up to identify
              local Indianapolis children who are in need of eyeglasses,
              and provide them with proper eyewear free-of-charge.

WHEN          Monday, August 13, 2007; Mayor Peterson will speak at 9:00
              a.m. sharp and will be available to media until 9:15 a.m.
              The event will run from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  (Event will be
              attended by children in need, and is not open to the public.)

WHERE         The Julian Center, 2011 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis

WHO           Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Indianapolis youth and
              their parents, local Indianapolis optometrist, Julian Center
              director Carleen Miller.

THE FACTS     Approximately 80 percent of all learning during a child's
              first 12 years is obtained through the eyes; 86 percent of
              children do not receive an eye exam during that time.
              (Journal of Behavioral Optometry)

              More than 70 percent of juvenile offenders have undiagnosed
              vision problems.  Eye exams can address some of the
              underlying factors contributing to juvenile delinquency,
              and can lead to proper vision correction in children who
              might otherwise struggle with learning and behavioral issues.
              (Study: Vision's Relationship to Delinquency, Illiteracy and
              Learning Problems)

              Children who do not receive proper vision care generally
              perform significantly below their capability in school and
              during extracurricular activities.  Many children who are
              doing poorly in school have undiagnosed vision problems and,
              after receiving the proper care, significantly improve their
              grades and behavior.  (American Optometric Association)

              Nearly 30 percent of the children identified during vision
              screenings as needing professional eye and vision care or
              treatment do not comply with the recommendations and receive
              that care.  (Study: Baltimore Vision Screening Project)

              10 million children in the U.S. suffer from vision problems,
              and vision disorders are the leading cause of handicapping
              conditions in children.  (National Parent Teacher
              Association)

JULIAN        The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling,
CENTER        safe shelter and education for survivors of domestic
              violence, sexual assault, and other life crises.

Contact Information

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    The Honig Company, Inc.
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