August Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.

Prevent Blindness America has named August Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. The organization points out that children often do not realize they have problems with their vision because they think how they see is how everyone else sees. They learn to compensate with their vision problems without fixing them, which can lead to more problems in school and later in life. Some students are even misdiagnosed as having a learning disability or behavioral problems when they may just have a visual impairment. Eye problems can range from common refractive errors such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, to serious eye conditions including:

Amblyopia or “lazy eye”- the most common cause of visual impairment in children. As the brain develops and receives diminished images from the affected eye, it begins to suppress those images and favor the unaffected eye. If this condition persists, the weaker eye may become useless. Amblyopia becomes more difficult to treat effectively as the child becomes older.

Strabismus or “crossed eyes”– a condition where eyes are misaligned, or do not line up with each other. This problem is caused when the muscles do not work together. Strabismus may eventually lead to amblyopia. Approximately one in 50 children has strabismus.

Prevent Blindness America has created “Star Pupils,” a free program specifically designed to educate parents on what they can do to ensure healthy eyesight for their kids. Parents may visit and receive free information on everything from common eye conditions in children to tips on how to protect eyes from injury while playing sports. For more information on children’s eye health and safety, call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020 or visit


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