Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month


August 2017
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

WHEREAS, the American Optometric Association has stated that 48% of parents with children under the age of twelve (12) have not taken their child to an eye care professional; and

WHEREAS, nearly 25% of school age-children have a vision problem. Of children ages 3 to 5, close to one (1)in twenty (20) has a problem that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated as stated by the Health Alliance Plan of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatricians recommend that children have their eyes checked by a Pediatrician at the following ages: Newborn, 6 months, as part of the well-child visit, 1-2 years, 3-4 years be checked for any abnormalities, and 5 years before starting school; and

WHEREAS, the annual economic cost of children’s vision disorders, in the United States, as established by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, is approximately 10 billion dollars; and

WHEREAS, Prevent Blindness has found that 43% of related eye injuries are to children 14 years of age and under and 90% of these can be prevented with proper eye protection and safety practices; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health have determined that a child’s eyes are at special risk from the sun’s UV rays. They recommend your child wear 100% UV protection sunglasses as well as a wide brimmed hat when outside; and

WHEREAS, Richard Montoya, Executive Director for New Mexico Optometric Association has found that there are no statewide or local statistics due to lack of funding for research, but he feels that New Mexico falls in with the National standard; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Ben McDaniel, Chairman of the Board of Curry County Commission, do hereby designate the month of August, 2017 as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and urge all parents or guardians in Curry County to have their child’s eyes examined.

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