SOURCE: Eyeglass World

August 24, 2007 15:00 ET

Reminder Media Advisory: Many Orlando-Area Children Are Starting the 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

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - August 24, 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 in the greater Orlando-area are struggling with issues at school and at home that are stemming from unidentified and undiagnosed vision problems.

WHAT

Harbor House, Orange County Center Against Domestic Violence, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida/Pine Hills and Eyeglass World team-up to identify underprivileged Orlando-area children who are in need of eyeglasses, and provide them with proper eyewear free-of-charge.

WHEN

Saturday, August 25, 2007; 9 a.m.-12 noon. (Event will be attended by children in need, and is not open to the public.)

WHERE

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida/Pine Hills, 5211 Hernandes Drive, Orlando

WHO

Orlando-area youth and their parents, local Orlando optometrist Dr. Kevin Brooks, Harbor House CEO Carol Wick.

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)

HARBOR HOUSE

Harbor House, the Orange County Center Against Domestic Violence (OCCADV), was founded in 1977 and is the sole state-certified domestic violence agency in Orange County.

EYEGLASS WORLD

Eyeglass World is a leading retailer of eyewear with 62 stores in 23 states across the country and offers a wide selection of more than 2,000 name brand frames. Eyeglass World's on-site labs can manufacture any prescription in as fast as one hour.

Contact Information


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