SOURCE: Live With Vision

May 20, 2008 07:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Congressman Patrick Tiberi Helps Raise Awareness of Undiagnosed Vision Problems in Columbus Children as Part of National "Live With Vision" Program

Thousands of Columbus Children Suffer From Undiagnosed Vision Problems, Causing Poor Performance in School and Behavior Issues

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

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) -


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

Columbus City Schools and Eyeglass World team up as part of the national Live With Vision program to identify underprivileged Columbus children who are in need of eyeglasses, and provide them with proper eyewear free-of-charge.

WHO

U.S. Congressman Patrick Tiberi (Columbus), noted Columbus optometrist Dr. Michael Petrov and Columbus elementary school children.

WHEN

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 10:15 a.m. Congressman Tiberi will speak at 10:15 a.m., with the event running 10:15-12:15 p.m. The event is not open to the public; children will be selected by Hamilton Elementary.

WHERE

Hamilton Elementary School, 2047 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 million children in the U.S. suffer from vision problems, and vision disorders are the leading cause of handicapping conditions in children.

LIVE WITH VISION

Live With Vision is a national program developed by Eyeglass World and The LASIK Vision Institute that provides eye care products and services to children and adults in need, and raises awareness of the importance of vision screenings and proper eye care. The program focuses on children with undiagnosed vision problems whose families cannot afford eye exams and eyeglasses, and adults who are in the process of rebuilding their lives and experiencing financial hardship.

Contact Information

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