VRC activities can be checked at any time! Call 610-375-8407 ext. 123 to hear up-to-date listings of our events.Thanks for visiting VRC.
Source: Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
It’s almost back-to-school time and you’re prepared with your child’s enrollment forms, orientation schedules, and immunizations–but what about their eyes?
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month—a great signal for you to get your child’s eyes checked before school starts.
Join us as we observe Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in partnership with Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists.
Most children have healthy eyes. But there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Because you can’t always “look” into your child’s eyes to tell if they have eye health problems, set up some time today for an eye exam:
- Your child’s eyes should be examined during regular pediatric appointments and vision testing should be conducted around age three.
- Parents should be aware of signs that may indicate their child has vision problems, including:
- Wandering or crossed eyes
- A family history of childhood vision problems
- Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects
- Squinting or turning the head in an unusual manner while watching television
Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you suspect your child has any of the eye diseases below:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid)
- Color deficiency (color blindness)
- Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism)
Let’s Talk Eye Safety:
Use this month to discuss the importance of eye safety with your children.
More than 12 million children suffer from vision impairment, and eye injuries are one of the leading causes of vision loss in children*. There are an estimated 42,000 sports-related eye injuries each year and the majority of them happen to children.
- Wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities
- Play with are age-appropriate toys. Avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts
One of the best ways to ensure your child keeps his/her good vision throughout life is to set a good health example.
To find more information about Children’s Eye Health and Safety, visit:
*Nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Of children ages 3 to 5, close to one in 20 has a problem that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 80 percent of preschoolers do not receive vision screenings.
President’s Message – Summer 2016
As the song goes, “Summer time and the living is easy…” These words never rang truer for our agency than this year as it is our first with brand new windows and central air! Within the past few months, the VRC has installed new energy efficient windows throughout the whole building (99 to be exact!) which have also helped with reducing the heating costs, improved interior illumination, and enhanced the appearance of the building. The air conditioning improvements were installed in early June, just in time for the warmer temperatures. Needless to say, the support of contributions made to our Capital Campaign have truly enhanced the working environment for our blind and visually impaired clients, our challenged employees, and the VRC staff. We are looking forward to our summer activities with clients and the warmer, longer days ahead! Hope you all have a great summer!
Until next time,
Lori Schermerhorn, President/CEO
Vision Resource Center provides programs and services to blind and visually impaired individuals and their caregivers in Berks County. Our mission is to strive to prevent blindness & visual impairment and to advocate and provide quality education, support services and rehabilitation to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired persons and their caregivers. Our programs focus on helping to create an environment in Berks County in which all people who are blind or visually impaired can be a part of their communities with equal opportunities.Call 610-375-8407 for more information. For up to date low vision and blind related news and information, check out our page on Facebook.