MEDIA TOOLKIT

About Children's Vision:

Facts:

  • More than 12.1 million school-age children, or one in four, has a vision impairment.
  • Among preschool-age children, more than one in 20 has a vision problem that can cause permanent sight loss if left untreated.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 80 percent of preschoolers do not receive vision screenings.
  • There are an estimated 42,000 sports-related eye injuries each year and the majority of them happen to children.

Action: Spread the word "You Can Help Promote Eye Health for Children."

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is teaming up with Family Voices National Center for Family Professional Partnership to offer free information on a variety of children’s eye health topics, from UV safety, the Affordable Care Act and children’s vision services, to general eye health. Read more about our partnership.

Please use this toolkit to spread the word, "You Can Help Promote Eye Health for Children. Visit The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness to learn more.

Sample Articles:

  1. Sample Newsletter Article - Vision Screening (please cut, past, and customize for your newsletter)
  2. Sample Newsletter Article - Children with Special Needs & Vision (please cut, past, and customize for your newsletter)
  3. Family Story (please use as you see fit)

Resources for Families of CYSHCN:

  1. Organization: National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health
  2. Organization: National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) - English and Spanish: includes chapters in many states
  3. Organization: Family Connect online community: Program of American Foundation for the Blind and NAPVI
  4. Organization: National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
  5. Organization: National Family Association for Deafblind
  6. Free distance learning courses: Hadley School for the Blind Family Education Program
  7. Handout: Families of Children with Vision Impairment: Working with Medical Professionals English  |  Spanish
  8. Article: Vision Health for Children on the Autism Spectrum
  9. Handout: Safety Tips for Children With Vision Loss
  10. Webcasts: Perkins Webcasts: Assistive Technology, Curriculum, Independent Living Skills, etc.
  11. Handout: Adapting Your Home for a Child Who Is Blind or Has Low Vision
  12. Handout: NICHCY: Visual Impairments including Blindness
  13. Trainings: Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education
  14. Find a Pediatric Ophthalmologist: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 
  15. Find an Optometrist: American Optometric Association
  16. Learn more about the work of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments: Family Connect for parents of children with visual impairments

Social Media Messages:

  1. Sample Facebook Posts: 
  2. Sample Twitter Messages: Tweet the messages below to your followers or re-tweet messages from Family Voices:
    • August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.  The estimated cost of a school-based vision screening is $4.15 per child. #visionmatters
    • Disorders in children ages 0-17 cost Americans more than $5.7 billion in direct & indirect costs. http://bit.ly/1t4m50k #visionmatters
    • Just one 1 out of every 7 preschoolers receives an eye exam. http://1.usa.gov/1rijuvO #visionmatters
    • Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood. http://1.usa.gov/1pSNRbf #visionmatters
    • Strabismus is any misalignment of the eyes. Est. that 4% of the U.S. population has strabismus. http://bit.ly/WQsS0m #visionmatters
    • Congenital cataracts are present at birth but may not be identified until later in life. #visionmatters
    • Glaucoma in infants is present in one in 10,000 births. #visionmatters http://bit.ly/1nQaIRN

Print Materials:

Download: Quick Facts:
Children’s Eye Problems

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Download: Selecting Sunglasses for Children

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Download: Most Hazardous Products
to Children’s Eyes

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Download: Poster (English) - 11 * 8.5"

Help Your Child Be Ready to Learn!
Eye exams in early childhood can diagnose and address common eye problems that occur in over one in four children.

Download:

Poster (Spanish) - 8.5 * 11"

Agosto es el Mes de la Salud y Seguridad de la Visión de los Niños--una gran señal para que usted asegure que se chequeen los ojos de sus niños antes de que comiencen las clases.

Web Buttons

Post these web buttons on your site to connect families to the The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness.  You can either copy and paste the code using your web editor or simply right-click on the image; save to your computer; and upload to your website, linking the image to http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/links-additional-resources-childrens-vision.

How the Badge will appear
on your Web page
HTML code to use on your Web page

He’s looking at you- but what is he seeing?  A vision screening can help identify possible vision problems in children.  Learn more at http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org

<a href="http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/links-additional-resources-childrens-vision" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/files/1914/0602/6789/PBA_WebButton1.jpg" alt="He’s looking at you- but what is he seeing? A vision screening can help identify possible vision problems in children. Learn more at http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org" width="216" height="239" border="0" ></a>

An EYE EXAM can identify vision problems that can have a profound effect on a child’s learning ability. Get Ready for School. GET YOUR CHILD AN EYE EXAM! Learn more at http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org

<a href="http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/links-additional-resources-childrens-vision" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/files/6314/0602/6931/PBA_WebButton2.jpg" alt="An EYE EXAM can identify vision problems that can have a profound effect on a child’s learning ability. Get Ready for School. GET YOUR CHILD AN EYE EXAM! Learn more at http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org" width="275" height="305" border="0" ></a>

Additional Information:

Fact sheets and additional resources are free to download at: http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/links-additional-resources-childrens-vision.