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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:56

Eye Didn’t Know That #TransitionsLens

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I have always considered myself pretty lucky that I have 20/20 vision.   My husband, however, has horrible vision.  It’s been because of his vision problems that I take my children’s vision health seriously.  I am sure that had his vision problems been diagnosed at an earlier age he would have better vision now and he would have done better in school as a child  (he couldn’t see the blackboard until 5th grade!).  According to Transitions Optical, one in four children have an undiagnosed vision problem that can interfere with the ability to read and learn.  Wow!  There is no doubt that healthy sight is a must for children to make the most of their education.

The good news is that there are some easy tips that we can follow to take good care of our children’s ojitos. Transitions developed the “Eye Didn’t Know That” (“Yo No Sabia Eso”) website for kids in both English and Spanish.  It’s a fun and interactive site that you can explore with your children – the games, downloads and other resources are a great way to teach children (and adults too!) about the importance of taking care of our eyes.

My kids and I had a great time exploring it!  First, we played the Memory Match game.  My kids loved that we could pick the game diificulty level.

Screen shot _ Eye Didn't know that

 

Next, we explored the Optical Illusions page - they really liked this one!

 

And we printed these coloring pages too! They each had a fun fact about healthy sight.

 

My kids obviously loved exploring the site, but so did I. The “Parents” section had practical and easy to implement tips for helping your children maintain healthy vision.   Some things that I learned from the site are:

1. Eat for your eyes! Did you know that our diets impact our vision?  We should all drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to hydrate your body and eyes.  Also, there are tasty and good for you foods that have the excellent health benefits for your eyes. These foods contain vitamins A, C, and E; fatty acids; omega-3 and beta-carotene. Examples of these types of foods include:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Grapes (Here's my son enjoying a good "eye" snack!
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Soy
  • Nuts

2. Near vision is not tested in the simple eye screenings offered in schools.  I didn't know this!   It’s near vision that’s especially important for reading books and seeing the computer screen clearly – things that our children do on a daily basis at school!  Therefore, a full eye exam is needed for your children.

3.  Shields away!  When you protect the skin around your eyes—and everywhere else—during the first 18 years of your life, the risk of cancer is likely to be reduced by 50%!  I am going to be better about encouraging my children to wear sunglasses when they are outside to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, BUT I am also going to buy them wide-brimmed hats and treat suncreen like a "never leave at home" item.

I encourage you to explore the site, so much information is available!  One of the aspects that I was most impressed with was learning about the commitment that Transitions has to educating the community about the importance of healthy vision. First, you can show your support for healthy by simply clicking on this “Submit Your Promise” link and filling out the form.  The best part is that for each new promise submitted in 2012, Transitions will donate a brand new book to mobile literacy initiative Bess the Book Bus!  VidaCoco made their promise, see?

 

I was pleased to learn that Transitions Optical has joined the American Diabetes Association to help educate consumers nationwide about the link between diabetes and visions health. Hispanic/Latino Americans are at Greater Risk for Being Diagnosed with Diabetes - “This group is 1.7 times more likely to develop diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.”

According to Transitions,  while Diabetes "is mainly diagnosed by a primary healthcare provider like an internist, pediatrician or endocrinologist, an eyecare professional can also detect the ocular signs of the disease.  Diabetic patients may develop certain vision conditions because the eye is one of the principal organs affected by diabetes.  Educating patients about the importance of proper eyecare, like regular comprehensive eye exams and proper protective eyewear, can help prevent the development of vision-threatening complications"

If you are in the NYC area, through its partnership with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Transitions Optical is offering Free Vision Screenings during the ADA Expo on November 3, 2012 to help educate consumers about proper eyecare and its connection to Diabetes.

- For more information about the company and the Transitions family of adaptive eyewear, visit http://www.transitions.com.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Transitions Optical. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
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