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									      Women’s Eye Health.org
                 and
Lions Clubs International Foundation


   Good Habits for Healthy Eyes:
Protect your children’s vision for life

                           Women’s Eye Health.org
                           Preventing blindness through education
       Fact Sheet

• There are approximately 10 to 11
  million blind and visually impaired
  people in North America

• There are over 161 million visually
  impaired people worldwide


                           Women’s Eye Health.org
                           Preventing blindness through education
           Fact Sheet



• Three fourths (3/4ths) of all
  blindness and vision impairment
  are either preventable or treatable

                             HOW?

                            Women’s Eye Health.org
                            Preventing blindness through education
          How to Prevent
          Vision Impairment
1. Start youngstart with your children
2. Have your and your family’s eyes
   examined on a regular basis
3. Follow your doctor’s advice
4. Know your family history
5. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits
6. Learn and watch for warning signs of
   eye disease
7. Use eye protection
                                Women’s Eye Health.org
                                Preventing blindness through education
          Get Your Children’s
          Eyes Examined on a
          Regular Basis


Also, watch for these warning signs:

 A.   Changes in vision
 B.   Changes in eye appearance
 C.   Eye pain or irritation
 D.   Infections or allergies


                                  Women’s Eye Health.org
                                  Preventing blindness through education
     A. Vision—Your Child
        Reports:

 Things are blurry
 Vision is distorted
 Trouble reading or doing other tasks
  that require sustained visual attention
 Problems seeing at night
 Problems with “side” vision
 Seeing double


                                 Women’s Eye Health.org
                                 Preventing blindness through education
             B. Appearance—You
                 Observe:

 Redness
 Crossed eyes, or misaligned eyes. One eye
  appears to be looking in a different direction
  than the other
 Front part of the eye appears CLOUDY
 A WHITE PUPIL (often seen in photographs)
 One pupil larger than the other
 Anything that you think just doesn’t look right



                                          Women’s Eye Health.org
                                          Preventing blindness through education
C.     Pain or Irritation—
       Your Child Reports:



   Any eye pain
   Pain when moving his or her eyes
   Excessive tearing
   Eye irritation (dry, sandy, gritty,
    tired, uncomfortable, etc.)




                                  Women’s Eye Health.org
                                  Preventing blindness through education
D. Infections & Allergies

 Signs of allergy
  ITCHING, ITCHING, ITCHING!
  Scratching/rubbing eyes


 Signs of infection
  REDNESS of eyes
  SWELLING of eyes/eyelids
  DISCHARGE, watery or mucous;
   lids may stick together in the
   morning

                                Women’s Eye Health.org
                                Preventing blindness through education
      If You Observe a
      Warning Sign:



Get your child’s
  eyes tested
     soon!


                         Women’s Eye Health.org
                         Preventing blindness through education
           Fact Sheet


• Risk factors for eye diseases:
• Did you know that…
    Risk factors for premature death due to
    heart disease or cancer are the same
    as those for blindness and vision
    impairment!


                              Women’s Eye Health.org
                              Preventing blindness through education
             Fact Sheet

• Risk factors for visual impairment &
  blindness can begin in childhood:
  –   Obesity
  –   Poor diet
  –   Smoking
  –   Trauma
  –   Infrequent eye exams
  –   Inadequate information


                               Women’s Eye Health.org
                               Preventing blindness through education
             Obesity



• Did you know that…
  – Obesity can lead to diabetes,
  – which in turn can cause
    catastrophic eye diseases—in
    particular, diabetic retinopathy and
    cataracts!


                              Women’s Eye Health.org
                              Preventing blindness through education
                Poor Diet


Did you know that…
What you eat is important for your
vision!
Eating a variety of vegetables and
fruits, and eating more omega-3 fatty
acids (found in fish, certain plant oils,
walnuts, some eggs and other foods)
can help preserve vision for a lifetime!
                                     Women’s Eye Health.org
                                     Preventing blindness through education
           Smoking




• Did you know that…


  – One third of age-related macular
    disease and cataract may be due
  – to smoking!

                            Women’s Eye Health.org
                            Preventing blindness through education
                Trauma




• Did you know that…

  – That the National Society for the
    Prevention of Blindness states that one-
    third of vision loss in children under 10
    years-of-age is from trauma!



                                   Women’s Eye Health.org
                                   Preventing blindness through education
          Infrequent Eye Exams


•Did you know that…
 – More than a third of parents with
   school-aged children have not had
   their child's eyes tested in the last five
   years!
 – Among adults with diabetes, only 40-
   50% have had a dilated eye exam
   within the past two years!

                                      Women’s Eye Health.org
                                      Preventing blindness through education
 Be Eye Smart!


• Vision problems can, and often
  do, occur without you or your
  child noticing them.

         It’s best to test!


                     Women’s Eye Health.org
                     Preventing blindness through education
When to Get Children’s
   Eyes Examined




                   Women’s Eye Health.org
                   Preventing blindness through education
            When to Get Your
             Eyes Examined

• Adults should have their eyes examined
  too…
• Healthy people with no risk factors should
  have their eyes examined:
  –   At least once between 20-30 years old
  –   At least every 5 years between 30-40 years old
  –   At least every 2-4 years between 40-60 years old
  –   At least every 1-2 years after age 60 years old
               It’s best to test!
                                      Women’s Eye Health.org
                                      Preventing blindness through education
      Follow Your Doctor’s
             Advice

Certain people need more frequent eye
 exams, such as those who:
  – Have diabetes
  – Have important risk factors for eye
    disease
  – Have a family history of eye diseases
  – Wear contact lenses
  – Have an eye disease

                               Women’s Eye Health.org
                               Preventing blindness through education
Protect Your Child’s
Eyes (and Your Own!)

• Most eye injuries are preventable!
• Provide appropriate eye protection
  (safety goggles)
• Keep chemicals away from
  children
• Wear sunglasses and/or hats when
  outdoors

                      Women’s Eye Health.org
                      Preventing blindness through education
       Take-home Messages

• Start young!
• Everyone should have regular eye exams.
• Maintain a healthy weight:
  – Encourage a healthy diet and balanced nutrition
  – Include omega-3 fatty acids in the diet
  – Help increase physical activity
• Don’t Smoke! Smoking causes blindness
• Protect your child’s eyes and yours
• Stay informed
                                    Women’s Eye Health.org
                                    Preventing blindness through education
            Presented by:
      Women’s Eye Health.org
    working in partnership with
Lions Clubs International Foundation
        to prevent blindness

   Funded through a SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs
   International Foundation to Women’s Eye Health.org


                                              Women’s Eye Health.org
                                              Preventing blindness through education

								
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