In preparing for the new school year, a number of resources are available to celebrate and highlight August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. As part of this celebration and as part of 2022 as the “Year of Children’s Vision,” Prevent Blindness is providing a variety of free educational tool kits, fact sheets, webinars, and more for parents, caregivers, teachers, school nurses, and public health professionals. The goal is “to help keep children’s eyes healthy and ensure that children are ready to learn and succeed in school, activities and development.” Professionals can access the “’Small Steps for Big Vision’” tool kit as well as certification training for vision screening, data and reports about children’s vision and eye health, fact sheets, and social media graphics.
Among the special events offered in the coming month are:
A free webinar on August 16, 2022 at 2 pm Eastern Time (ET), “Vision Screening: Birth Through High School.” The first in a two-part series, the session will provide information about evidence-based tools to help identify children with vision disorders in order to “bridge the gap between the vision screening referral and the confirmatory eye examination.” The second webinar, on October 19, 2022, will cover strategies for successful follow up after referrals from vision screenings.
Two Facebook Live discussions, on August 16 and 23, 2022 at 7 pm ET on “Children’s Eye Safety”, with Blackdoctor.org, partnering with the Children’s Vision Equity Alliance. For these events, no registration is required. Participants can just go to the Facebook page for BlackDoctor.org on the dates and click on the Blackdoctor.org Facebook link here. For those who do not have a Facebook account, the discussions will be posted on the Prevent Blindness website after the event with a link to the Blackdoctor.org Facebook video of the session.
To learn more about the month’s observance and about these and other offerings, visit the announcement entitled August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and 2022 is the “Year of Children’s Vision” at Prevent Blindness.