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Doing Good in Utah: Friends for Sight

My girl started Kindergarten a few weeks ago.

I realize Kindergarten is about as easy as it gets, but it’s still be a whirlwind around here. Finding a routine in the morning that allows me to help with the school day prep before heading to the office and getting midday updates from my husband on how the bus ride home went have added a new, sweet dynamic to our days as a family.

We’re getting the hang of the onslaught of forms and info that comes home in that Hello Kitty backpack, but one form that got my attention was the vision screening form. Turns out my girl had to squint a bit to see the eye chart.

Reading this form reminded me of a conversation that I had with a friend about an organization called Friends for Sight—a Utah non-profit devoted to preventing blindness and advocating for vision safety.

Friends for Sight

I was expressing my sparkler hesitation around Pioneer Day and as a board member of Friends for Sight, she whipped out some sobering sparkler statistics. It will not surprise you to know we elected to celebrate Pioneer Day, sparkler-free.

Did you know…

  • Up to 5% of children have Amblyopia (lazy eye blindness) that if not treated by age 8 can lead to blindness.  If caught early, treatment can usually prevent long term effects.
  • Only 31% of children aged 6 – 16 have had an eye exam in the past year
  • Only 14% under 6 years of age have ever had an eye exam
  • 20% of children aged 9 – 15 need glasses, but only 10% have them
  • 85% of classroom education is taught visually. The inability to see clearly effects academic and athletic performance, and in turn, self esteem.

As we chatted more, she shared some of the great programs and volunteer opportunities with Friends for Sight. Their website if full of great safety information—not just for children, but for us adults that are prone to stare computers for a large portion of our day.

There is also information on how to donate your old glasses, vision screening programs, warning signs and symptoms of eye diseases.

Back to school is such a busy time, but as we kick off a new academic year, take a second to make sure everyone in the family is in good vision health.

Visit FriendsForSight.org for more information.

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