If you never had clear vision, how would you know your eyesight was bad? How could a child know, or even tell you about the problem?
That’s why childhood vision problems are often missed until it’s too late, after schoolwork and learning have already begun to suffer. During Save Your Vision Month in March, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan urges you to give eyesight a second look – for your family, and for yourself. The Health Department offers FREE vision screening appointments for all children ages 3-18 in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties. The Health Department, in collaboration with local schools, provides vision screening to children in preschool, kindergarten and in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, about 10 percent of all children screened for vision problems require follow-up evaluation and care by an eye doctor.
“We can’t afford to let one out of every 10 children suffer,” said Suzette Daly, Family and Community Health Supervisor for the Health Department. “The loss of healthy vision is potentially devastating to children, but it can be debilitating to adults and seniors as well. Sometimes, vision loss is so gradual that we and our family members suffer without realizing something’s wrong.”
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties. To schedule a vision screening, call the Health Department at (800) 432-4121. Also, visit www.nwhealth.org to learn more about hearing and vision screening.