Our family recently found ourselves in the Cleveland, Ohio area visiting family. On a free morning, we headed over to a local library to take the kids to story time. One of the first things that caught my eye was a large owl with glasses. To my surprise and delight, this owl was only part of a “Wise About Eyes” exhibit to bring attention to children and their eyes.
There were displays that talked about the importance of taking care of your children’s eyes, how to take care of your eyes, and also information about eye disorders. There were interactive activities to show you how children with these conditions might see a little differently from others.
My interest was peaked and I had to investigate more online. It turns out the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Child and Family Health Services, and Save Our Sight Program have funded the “Wise About Eyes” initiative in conjunction with Prevent Blindness America.
Check out their website. It has fun things for kids, helpful information for parents and caregivers, as well as programs and resources for educators. It is a wealth of information – regardless of whether or not you live in the state of Ohio.
As a mother of three young children, it was very nice to see a fun and creative resource reminding parents to make eye care an essential part of your health routine.
Ooh, what a great find! I’ve been so disappointed by how few resources there are that explain vision (especially vision problems) to kids, so I can’t wait to explore it some more! And I’ll definitely add it to our list of resources.
I’m so happy that you enjoyed the exhibit, Marie! This is one of the projects that I work on as Assistant Save Our Sight Coordinator at Prevent Blindness Ohio. I have been reading this blog for several years to keep up to date with what is going on with parents, children’s glasses and patching. Not only has it been a helpful resource for me, but I refer parents that I work with here for support and information. Thanks to all of the contributors for their dedication to helping others find much needed support and resources. Cheers!
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