Back-to-School Season Brings Eye Health Concerns for Parents

Back-to-School Season Brings Eye Health Concerns for Parents

Transitions Optical, Inc., Leader in Eye Health Education, Offers Tips and Recommends Regular Eye Exams to Help Kids Make Successful Return to Classroom


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Tampa, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 31, 2006–Health conditions related to the eye can be widespread and often go undetected, which is why Transitions Optical, Inc. advises parents to make regular eye exams a part of the entire family’s health routine. Since one out of four children has an undetected vision problem that can interfere with learning, regular eye exams can identify and address vision problems in children before they fall behind from an undiagnosed learning setback.

“Properly diagnosing a vision problem will not only increase the learning capabilities of a child, but will also provide the confidence needed to succeed in the classroom,” says Dr. Madeline Romeu, O.D., F.A.A.O., and practicing optometrist who consults with school nurses and parent/teacher associations to promote eye health for children. Below are her tips for promoting year-round eye health:

— Beware of sun damage during year-round outdoor activities: Too much sun exposure can increase your child’s chances for serious eye damage like macular degeneration. In fact, 80 percent of lifetime exposure occurs before age 18, so it’s important to take precautions early in life to properly protect the eyes and the sensitive skin around them. Apply sun block to exposed areas and wear proper eyewear that blocks 100 percent of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

— Consider photochromic lenses for children: Photochromic lenses quickly change from clear indoors to as dark as sunglasses outdoors, and are the smart choice for children since it allows them to have only one pair of prescription lenses. Transitions(R) Lenses block 100 percent of dangerous UVA/UVB rays, and reduce painful, uncomfortable glare while promoting visual quality and comfort.

— Discourage children from rubbing their eyes: It is important for parents to teach their children not to rub their eyes, since this is how bacteria and viruses often spread. If a child has a cold, parents need to be observant and remind the child to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching or rubbing their eyes.

— Watch for the warning signs of visual problems, including squinting and headaches: Be aware of signs like these as possible indicators of vision problems in school-aged children. It is important to schedule an appointment with your eyecare professional immediately if these problems are identified.

— Schedule eye exams for overall health: Even though vision may be clear, exams can detect changes in the eye caused by underlying health problems. Some eye diseases have no symptoms in the early stages, so be sure your child has regular exams to ensure you’re not missing a serious health issue.

About Transitions Optical, Inc.

Transitions Optical is a joint venture of PPG Industries, Inc. and Essilor International. The first to successfully commercialize a plastic photochromic lens in 1990, today the company is a leading supplier of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide. Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology and the widest selection of lens designs, materials and brand names.

Transitions(R) Lenses are as clear as regular eyeglass lenses until dangerous UV rays are present. Then, the brighter the sun, the darker they get – getting as dark as sunglasses, providing protection in bright, glaring light. Since Transitions Lenses darken only as much as needed, they can be worn comfortably year-round to provide convenience and 100 percent automatic UVA, UVB and glare protection every day – sunny, cloudy or in between.

For more information about the company and Transitions Lenses, please visit http://www.transitions.com.

Back-to-School Season Brings Eye Health Concerns for Parents