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SEE CLEARLY IN THE NEW YEAR – NATIONAL EYE CARE MONTH

January is National Eye Care Month and we should make proper eye care one of our new year's resolutions giving children the ultimate gift - the gift of sight. Getting regular eye exams is a necessary part of our overall health care, and healthy vision has a positive effect on academic achievement. "It is estimated that more than ten million children (ages 0-10) suffer from vision problems that may cause them to fail in school” (School Nurse News, September 2000).
Proper eye care means annual checkups. A child’s first examination should take place by age 3 but most optometrists prefer to see children by 12 months of age for their first eye exam. Possible vision impairment may be detected if a child is showing any of these symptoms:
1. Holding reading materials closer than normal or losing his place frequently Ť
2.
complaining of headaches, dizziness or displaying excessive clumsiness
3. squinting, covering one eye, or consistently rubbing and blinking eyes Ź
4. and tilting the head to one side to use one eye.
Children rarely complain of vision problems and are often not aware of them. Therefore it is important that you be alert for any signs and symptoms that your child may be struggling with his vision. Difficulty reading or progressively poorer grades are also tell-tale signs of vision problems.  Children should also be reminded to wear their glasses at the appropriate times; not to wear them to bed or in the shower and to take frequent breaks from the computer screen.
During this month visual screening will be available to all Wahlstrom students. Also be aware of the healthcare services available to you as residents of East Orange.  The East Orange Health Department can be contacted at (973) 266-5465 and is located at 143 New Street, East Orange, NJ 07017 should you need any assistance.
We care about your children and want to promote good healthy habits that will remain with them not only throughout the New Year but for a lifetime. Feel free to call me with any questions. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you, Eugene Callender
School Nurse, Tel#: 973 395 1210 ext 1