Children with strabismus — get involved!

Child's eye I’m 60 years old and have lived with strabismus all my life. Help was not offered to me as a child, and consequently my vision has continued to suffer.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, eye care professionals benefit from years of research how to best treat strabismus. Both professionals and volunteers are working together with schools and advocacy groups to promote better vision care for children. Numerous resources are available on the internet.

Yet many children are still not getting the help they need. Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has introduced the Vision Care for Kids Act of 2007 to meet this need. PBA says, “This important legislation would ensure that children at risk for vision problems have access to eye exams and appropriate follow up care.

If you live in the United States, here’s a simple way you can help. You won’t be asked for any money, just a couple minutes of your time. PBA has made it easy for you to Urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Vision Care for Kids Act. PBA has written the letter for you, but you can add comments if you like. When you tell them what state you are in, they will automatically forward your letter to the correct Senators and Congressmen.

To learn more about the Vision Care for Kids Act of 2007 and other activities sponsored by Prevent Blindness America, see PBA’s Vision Advocacy News. To see the full text of the bill, as well as which members of Congress are cosponsors, click here.

As one who didn’t get the help she needed as a child, I urge you to reach out to help our children. Every child deserves help to see and develop to their full potential!

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