20.04.2011

Summit aims to boost US children"s eye health

Summit aims to boost US children"s eye health

By Alexa Kaczka

With around one in four US schoolchildren suffering with undetected or untreated vision problems, the American Optometric Association (AOA) has this week sought to boost young Americans' eye health.

Last week, the AOA staged its first ever School Readiness Summit: Focus on Vision, which gathered doctors, nurses and eye specialists to look at ways to improve treatment and help youngsters affected by vision-related issues.

"We know if we are to improve school success, we must make sure children can see," said Dr Alexa Posny, from the US Department of Education, a keynote speaker at the summit.

She added: "Eye exams should be a part of efforts to improve America's educational outcomes."

Earlier this month, Prevent Blindness America emphasised the need for children to be taught about the importance of eye care during lessons at school.

The group has also recently said that wearing decent eye protection is imperative for youngsters taking part in sports activities.

by Emily Tait


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