August is Children’s Vision and Learning Month in Minnesota:
The Minnesota Optometric Association Announces Pre-K Eye Exam Day
August 1, 2012
(July 25, 2012– Minneapolis, MN)— Governor Dayton has declared August as Children’s Vision Month. The Minnesota Optometric Association (http://minnesota NULL.aoa NULL.org/) (MOA) has named August 1, 2012, as Pre-K Eye Exam Day, a statewide effort that is part of its Good Sight for Kindergarten campaign. Participating MOA members around the state will offer one-time, no-cost eye exams to 5 -year olds entering kindergarten either on August 1 or another date and time.
“Good vision is essential to learning, and every child needs to have a comprehensive eye exam before entering school, said Dr. Ackermann, chair of the MOA Good Sight For Kindergarten campaign and a Board member. “At least 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems that impair their performance in school. This can be as many as 60 percent of children because vision problems can be confused with other disorders, and students may unnecessarily receive special education.”
Why are eye exams important for children entering school?
A vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, because vision screenings generally test for distance acuity, or what a child can see at a distance of 20 feet. It does not test for eye function disorders and may miss astigmatism or blurred vision. A child who receives a 20/20 vision test result does not necessarily mean he or she can see to read.
Uptown Eye Care is a proud partner
Uptown Eye Care is proud to be participating in Pre-K Eye Exam Day. On August 1st Dr. Mary Gregory will be offering no cost eye exams to 4 and 5 year olds that will be entering kindergarten this fall. This is a great opportunity to make sure your children are ready for learning with good sight.
Spaces are limited, so please call our office at 763-271-2020 to schedule your child’s Pre-K Eye Exam Day appointment.