Halloween Safety Tips

1010p85-glasses-pumpkin-mHalloween should be a fun time that your child remembers for years to come. Every year, emergency rooms in the US treat several hundred eye injuries related to costumes and masks. Please use these tips to ensure your child enjoys a safe and happy Halloween.

  1. Avoid costumes that block vision
  2. Tie hats and scarves so they don’t slip over children’s eyes
  3. To prevent tripping, avoid costumes that drag on the ground
  4. Avoid pointed props (swords, etc.) that could harm other children
  5. Add reflective tape to your treat bag and/or costume
  6. Carry a flashlight
  7. Do not ride bikes or scooters while in-costume
  8. Obey all traffic signals
  9. Never dart out between parked cars or hidden corners
  10. Don’t trick-or-treat in busy commercial areas

 

 

Myers’ Story

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 10.12.29 AMIn honor of Georgia Pre-K Week, we’re pleased to share with you the story of a girl named Myers and how a vision screening provided by Prevent Blindness Georgia helped save vision in one of her eyes.

Last spring, Rollin McLennan pulled a letter from her four-year-old’s book bag which has changed her daughter’s life. “I received a letter telling me that Myers had failed her vision screening at school. I almost didn’t read it, as I expected her vision to be normal,” Rollin said. A few months before, Myers had passed her vision screening at the pediatrician’s office without a problem. But the certified vision screener from Prevent Blindness Georgia, Laurie Irby, found that one of Myers’ eyes was 20/30 while the other was 20/50.

Rollin rationalized the discrepancy. “I knew that the rest of our family didn’t have glasses and I thought that it was either a mistake or Myers was just being obstinate that day. She’s my caboose and has a mind of her own,” Rollin said. After Laurie called to follow up, Rollin took Myers back to her pediatrician’s office. The nurse said that they don’t expect children to have 20/20 vision.

Rollin began to notice that Myers was struggling with differentiating letters. She pulled a vision chart up on her computer, placed Myers on her lap, and covered one eye. “When I covered her left eye, she did well, but when I covered her right eye, she started pulling my hand away and told me she couldn’t see the letters. My pediatrician then referred me to a pediatric ophthalmologist.”

“My daughter was such a trooper,” Rollin said. At four-years-old, she had her eyes dilated, was sitting in a great big chair, and dealing with all that equipment. She was awesome,” Rollin recalled. “Sometimes we don’t realize how resilient our children are.”

The pediatric ophthalmologist reported that Myers was far-sighted and that her right eye was doing everything for the left eye. He noted that if the problem went untreated, she could lose all vision in her weaker eye and that the vision loss could not be reversed.

“Myers is now pushing 20/20 with her glasses on,” Rollin said. “She’s been a rock star about wearing glasses and has no apprehension… we didn’t want to make a big deal about it. We explained that it was like exercise for her eyes and would make them stronger. She has them on unless she’s swimming or sleeping – that’s why she’s responded so well,” Rollin said.

Thinking back about the ordeal, Rollin said, “There’s a huge denial problem as a parent when someone calls you and tells you that your child is not perfect. Getting Myers the help she needs prior to starting kindergarten and reading lessons and possibly before suffering permanent damage is awesome. I’m so thankful for Prevent Blindness Georgia and that Myers has responded so well to treatment.”

Layla’s Story

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 2.54.45 PMIn honor of Georgia Pre-K Week, we’re pleased to share with you the story of a girl named Layla and how a vision screening provided by Prevent Blindness Georgia helped uncover a lazy eye.

Having worked as a preschool teacher and raised four children of her own, Susan Holloway was very surprised to find out that her granddaughter had vision problems. “I did not see any indication of it at all,” she said.

Jan Hamilton, a certified vision screener, visited five year old Layla Holloway’s prekindergarten class in Dunwoody to vision screen the children through the Prevent Blindness Georgia Star Pupils program. Layla failed the free vision screening and was referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation.

“When Layla came home with a piece of paper showing that she failed the screening, it was a good heads up to us to have her vision checked. She had never complained about her vision. When we were reading books to her, we never had any indication that she was having problems,” her grandmother said.

“The eye doctor prescribed corrective lenses which will hopefully help Layla’s eyes work together,” Holloway explained. “The vision screening was a Godsend. The eye doctor said that if we had waited until she was seven or eight to correct her vision, the damage could have been permanent. Finding it now will help it to not be so severe,” she said.

With a mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight for all Georgians, Prevent Blindness Georgia’s Star Pupils’ program provided vision screenings for more than 35,000 prekindergarten children across Georgia this year. Please share this story on Facebook to help spread the word of the work Prevent Blindness Georgia is doing across the state!

Night For Sight Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

Prevent Blindness Georgia is looking forward to Night For Sight, our annual fundraiser, which will be held at Monday Night Brewing on Friday, September 5, 2014. Along with a night full of beer sampling, wine, food, and great fun, we will also be hosting a raffle that you won’t want to miss! Raffle tickets are not limited to event attendees. Anyone may purchase raffle tickets and can win these fabulous prizes!

Pricing for Raffle Tickets
$5 for one
$12 for three
$20 for five
Click here to purchase raffle tickets.

Raffle Items Include

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Tickets to attend Night For Sight are also on sale now! Click here to purchase.

Join us at “Night For Sight” on September 5th

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 2.01.29 PMPrevent Blindness Georgia is hosting an exciting fundraiser – Night For Sight. Previously called “Brews for Chews,” Night for Sight is the perfect opportunity to spend an evening socializing with friends and the Prevent Blindness community – all the while supporting a worthwhile cause. Help us reach our goal of $15,000!

Join us for a night of beer sampling, wine, food, a raffle and a night of fun!

Night For Sight
Friday, September 5, 2014
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Monday Night Brewing
670 Trabert Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Raffle Items Include
- Park passes for Stone Mountain including vehicle parking and a gift basket
– 2 round trip tickets with Southwest Airlines to anywhere in the U.S.
– Diamond necklace and earring set from D. Geller and Son
– Round of golf at Chateau Elan

Single Ticket: $40
-Admission
-6 Beer Tasting Tickets
-3 Wine Tickets
-Catered Food

VIP Ticket: $75
-Admission
-6 Beer Tasting Tickets
-3 Wine Tickets
-Catered Food
-2 Raffle Tickets
-Gift Bag

Raffle Tickets
-Prizes include gift cards, tickets, a round-trip flight on Southwest Airlines and more!
$5 for one
$12 for three
$20 for five

Host Committee Sponsorship
For $300, you will be listed as a member of our Host Committee. You contribution will help Prevent Blindness Georgia reach our goal of screening 37,500 children serving 3,500 adults with superb eye care.

Purchase admission tickets, raffle tickets and sponsorship online now!

 

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Does 20/20 vision mean I have healthy eyes?

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“Hindsight is 20/20.” A common phrase indicating that hindsight is perfectly clear vision. But is that really case? Is 20/20 vision the stamp of healthy eyes? EnVision decided to tackle the topic and bring a clearer understanding of what it truly means to have 20/20 vision.

If you have 20/20 vision or better, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have “perfect vision.” There are other important elements of vision, such as peripheral awareness, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability, and color vision that are contributing factors to overall eye health.

A comprehensive eye exam by your doctor can diagnose problems, if any, that are affecting your ability to see well. In addition to refractive errors (e.g., astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness), your doctor can also detect eye conditions, like glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration, and larger health conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

To find out more on the topic, what a 20/20 diagnosis means and other great topics, visit the VSP newsletter.

Tea to See Raises Funds for Prevent Blindness Georgia

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On February 23, 2014, Prevent Blindness Georgia hosted our 3rd annual Tea to See. With 165 guests in attendance, including our donors and many new friends, we enjoyed a beautiful spring day sipping mimosas, drinking tea and enjoying sandwiches and sweets.

Many of the ladies ushered in the spirit of spring in their hats and spring dresses. Attendees enjoyed the tranquil melodies of harpist Catherine Rogers, who delighted the crowd with a variety of musical selections. A few lucky guests took home door prizes ranging from a painting by Eva Musierowicz to a stylish pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.  Ultimately our guests attended the Tea to support Prevent Blindness Georgia and learn more about why our programs matter. Tracie Holloway, longtime advocate and supporter of PBGA, shared her struggle with glaucoma and how important it is to visit your eye doctor as often as is recommended. Diagnosed with glaucoma at 19, she knows more than most about the importance of regular eye exams.

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We were also very pleased to introduce our new fundraising initiative, the Jenny Pomeroy Circle of Service.The Circle of Service was designed to honor the life and legacy of Jenny Pomeroy and her dedication to preserving sight and preventing blindness for all Georgians.

The Circle of Service connects donors with counties and regions with vision services across Georgia that are in need of the most assistance. This will also give them the opportunity to designate their donation to areas with the most need, or with a county or region of their choice.

The Tea to See was a huge success! We are so very grateful to AlconChubb Group and VeinInnovations for their sponsorship of the Tea.  Our goal was to raise more than $20,000 to support our vision programs and we came very close with more than $18,000 raised!

To see more photos from the event or to keep up with PBGA events, log on to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/preventblindnessgeorgia.

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