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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - Chris Evert Children’s Hospital Invests in Kids Vision

Chris Evert Children’s Hospital sponsors Eye See Kids Vision, a program that offers free vision screenings for preschool and elementary school aged children

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, – According to Prevent Blindness America, more than one in fifty children have a vision problem called amblyopia or a vision problem that could lead to amblyopia. That’s why Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital is proactively offering free vision screenings to preschool and elementary school children.

“The goal of the Eye See Kids Vision program is to eliminate or greatly reduce the vision loss associated with amblyopia,” said pediatric ophthalmologist Bruce A. Miller, M.D., the Eye See Kids Vision program coordinator.

Amblyopia is when one eye does not develop good vision. It is the leading cause of vision loss in childhood. Amblyopia often occurs without symptoms or misalignment of the eyes. This is why every child should have a thorough vision screening before beginning kindergarten, around age four or five. If detected at an early age, amblyopia is easily treated, but after about the age of eight it becomes very difficult to reverse the vision loss.

“Vision loss affects more than just eyesight,” said Miller. “Vision impairments also hinder a child's ability to learn. Many times children are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder when, in reality, they have poor visual processing. Diagnosing visual impairments early gives a child a better opportunity to reach his or her full potential.”

Eye See Kids Vision is sponsored by Prevent Blindness Florida, Broward College Vision Care, Florida’s Vision Quest and the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.

For more information, or to schedule a free vision screening, visit www.Browardhealth.org/kidsvision, or call the Broward Health Referral Line at 954.759.7400.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org