Eddy and I both were born with less than perfect vision and believe me I know how difficult it was trying to learn when you couldn’t see the teacher or the board very well, it is not a great feeling. One of my biggest worry is that Rock and X will have vision troubles as well. Considering that 1 in 4 children have vision issues that impair their ability to learn properly, I want to be hyper vigilant to catch any issues as soon as possible…the road to Harvard or Yale starts early at the Dancing Hotdogs household. The only problem for me as a parent, is what resources out there are available to help me do this. Fortunately, Transitions Optical, a lense manufacturer of glasses lenses that darken when they are out in the sun (Eddy actually used to have a pair) has created a site specifically designed to educate children, parents and teachers on healthy vision and how to take care of your eyes.
When I let Rock play on the website (www.eyedidntknowthat.info) , he immediately gravitated towards the games. His favorite was the match game which for each correct answer gave you an interesting vision fact. In addition, to the match game there were the following:
- Optical illusions
- Coloring pages
- Fun quizzes
- An interactive timeline of the history of vision
- Instructions on family activities
- Images on the anatomy of the eye
As a parent, the most valuable thing about www.eyedidnt knowthat.com was the child healthy eyes check list. The list breaks down various tips on how to help your children maintain a health vision lifestyle. The tips include some pretty common sense stuff such as exercising regularly and drinking a lot of water to remain hydrated. The parent section also laid out the signs that every parent should be aware of for vision trouble in their children as well as interesting facts such as the link between vision problems and diabetes. For Eddy and I, this link is very disturbing, while our family does not have an extensive history of diabetes it still remains a possible risk.
This is obviously an issue that translates to any culture and language that is why it is nice to know that Transitions was thoughtful enough to also create the website in Spanish as well: www.yonosabiaeso.com which contains all the same information as well as games in Spanish.
One of the most important things that the website advised parents is to have their children’s vision check frequently and school visions checks do not count. To help parents accomplish this Transition has partnered with the American Diabetes Association to provide free vision screenings as well as informational centers in New York City (on November 3, 2012) and Chicago (on April 14, 2012). If you are a parent you should really take advantage of these free screening, if not please take your kids to the eye doctor in order to get them checked out. Catching vision problems early allows you and your child to make the changes necessary to continue to grow and learn in the best way possible.