Opening Young Eyes to Eye Health and Safety

by WHIZ Reporter on August 22, 2012 at 6:28 am

One organization is working to open the eyes of young children about the importance of eye health and safety.

On Wednesday, pre-school-aged children as well as their parents and caregivers spent their reading hour at the John McIntire Library participating in activities with Prevent Blindness Ohio.

Wendy Klein said the program uses an interactive kiosk and other visual aides to simulate various eye disabilities and demonstrate proper eye safety.

"It reinforces what the Save Our Sight fund is doing through the local community and the local children and then all the hands-on activities are an opportunity for children as well as their parents and caregivers to lean about and interact with ways they can keep their eyes healthy and safe," said Klein.

State Senator Troy Balderson and Representative Brian Hill were in attendance and read stories to the children.

Klein said it’s important to start teaching kids at a young age the importance of protecting their vision.

"Everything from don’t run with scissors and sticks to simply wearing sunglasses and a baseball caps a great, easy way for them to protect their eyes," added Klein.

Those who participated in the received a goodie-bag filled with sunglasses, a book and information for parents.