SOURCE: Eyeglass World

August 13, 2007 06:30 ET

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson to Help Raise Awareness of Undiagnosed Vision Problems in Children at 9:00 a.m. Today

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 13, 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 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.)  Media
              can attend anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

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

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.

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