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Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Stress the Importance of Children’s Eye Exams

As students around Greater Cincinnati prepare to head back to school, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired - two not-for-profit organizations serving people who have significant vision loss in Cincinnati, OH - are urging families to assess their child’s vision needs during the month of August, which also happens to be Eye Exam Month. According to the National Parent Teacher Association, vision problems are the fourth most common disability and prevalent handicapping condition during childhood. Even more alarming, more than 60 percent of students with learning problems have undiagnosed vision problems contributing to their difficulties. According to Junior Blind America, more than 12 million children are affected by vision impairment. “Eye exams should be an important part of every family’s back to school routine,” CABVI Executive Director John Mitchell said. “One appointment will check for the warning signs of vision loss and help ensure a healthy, successful new year for your student - and provide peace of mind for you.” Throughout the month, CABVI and Clovernook Center, which have partnered to make the best use of their combined resources in serving the community, will be providing additional facts and resources on their social media pages. As students start back up with sports, CABVI and Clovernook Center also want to remind parents to ensure that their children use appropriate eyewear to prevent sports-related eye injuries. “Observing Eye Exam Month is an important part of great overall health for your entire family,” said Clovernook Center President/CEO Robin Usalis. “We want to stress the importance of regular pediatric eye exams for all children – not just those with a family history of vision loss.” CABVI and Clovernook Center are non-profit organizations that seek to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to be self-sufficient and independent. Both organizations work diligently to address the issue that 70 percent of working-age people in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed. More information about CABVI and Clovernook Center can be accessed at: www.cincyblind.org and www.clovernook.org, respectively.

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