As any parent knows, equipment — whether for team athletics, individual sports or even music — is expensive. And in tougher economic times, it can be harder than ever to outfit a team or child with the necessary gear to participate.
So when our contact lens rep from CooperVision stopped by this week and told us about a new grant program CooperVision is sponsoring as part of their “Life is a Contact Sport” initiative, we were instantly on-board with promoting it — especially since we know that so many of our clients have children who participate in athletics, group sports and band.
Here’s how it works: CooperVision’s “Life is a Contact Sport” program will award ten $2,500 dollar “Gear Up Grants” to help winning teams, individual athletes/performers or communities “gear up” this season. The winners decide what gear they need.
To enter, all you have to do is have your teen register and submit their story in video or a series of photos on the CooperVision “Life is a Contact Sport” Gear Up Grant website. The subject of the story should be why your teen, their team, or the community should win a Gear Up Grant and what they would do with the money if they win.
Entries have to be submitted by September 30, 2010 and judging to choose the top 30 finalists takes place in early October. The finalists will then be posted to the “Life is A Contact Sport” website on October 18th, and visitors to the site will then get to vote on who they think should win the 10 grants.
Winners will be announced in early December.
What’s especially cool about this promotion is that CooperVision made it very inclusive: The Gear Up Grants don’t just apply to athletics — but other activities such as music or dance. So if you need to outfit your child or community band with instruments, you can apply for the grant as well.
Plus, any team member or performer who wears contact lenses or glasses will also be outfitted with CooperVision contact lenses for a full year. Submitting your story is a snap – just visit the CooperVision website to enter.
We’d love to see one of our patients win one of these 10 grants. Time is running on out this grant cycle so if you’re ready to Gear Up, get moving with your story!
How about joining Urban Optiques and more than sixty of the area’s top educational leaders at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the 15th Annual Metro Parent “Education Expo?”
The event, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, September 26, not only provides you with free access to dozens of interactive exhibits, but also let’s you DISCOVER the best opportunities for your children’s academic success from metro Detroit’s educational leaders! Even better, you can EXPLORE the exciting galleries at the Detroit Institute of Arts all for FREE.
The Urban Optiques Team will be on hand at booth #23 during the Metro Parent Education Expo with a cool, interactive display on optical illusions that is guaranteed to not only amaze, but also educate kids, moms and dads on how optical illusions work, and what they can tell us about our vision.
We’ll also be performing free vision screenings for the whole family, since studies show that vision problems are one of the leading reasons for poor academic performance among children and teens.
Finally, we’ll also be giving away lots of fun door prizes for attendees who enter our special drawing.
For more information and to pre-register for this always-well-attended event, visit Metro Parent Magazine online.
Hope to see all of you there!
In late July, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report that found over a two year period, emergency rooms treated more than 33,000 injuries due to contact lenses — making the eye the most frequently injured body part among children due to medical device complications.
When we saw the report and the headlines, we weren’t entirely surprised. Children are one of the fastest growing segments of new contact lens wearers, representing more than 10% of the total population of contact lens wearers. The growing popularity of contacts among children makes sense: Today’s new breed of soft contact lenses are more comfortable than ever and contacts are often an attractive alternative to glasses, especially for active children, ‘tweens and teens.
On the other hand, as the report from The American Academy of Pediatric’s demonstrates, contact lenses and children can also be a recipe for injury, and possibly permanent eye damage or vision loss, if parents aren’t monitoring and supervising the wear, care and replacement of lenses in their children.
According to the data, the most-frequently reported injury diagnoses due to contact lenses were corneal contusions/abrasions, conjunctivitis and hemorrhage. The study also showed that most contact lens complications were the result of non-compliance with the recommended wear and care regimens, as well as replacement schedules.
Misuse of contact lenses in both adults and children can lead to problems such as eye pain, bacterial infections, corneal ulcers, and even permanent vision loss or blindness.
Why so many problems?
Some kids love glasses. For example, we’ve had plenty of kids come into the boutique that put the same amount of attention into choosing their eyewear that they would place on picking out a new pair of basketball shoes or their back-to-school wardrobe. One of them even knew his brands, and had a Prada frame all picked out until mom reminded him that his active lifestyle probably wasn’t the best fit for a fashion frame.
On the other hand, there are those children who despise their glasses and would rather never see the chalk board or TV than wear them. Often, it’s just a matter of finding the right frames for them, but if they’ve had a bad experience with eyeglasses in the past, you’ll have a bit of work to do convincing them to give it another shot.
Regardless of which group your child in glasses falls into, we recently came across a fantastic website for the families and friends of toddlers and children in glasses: www.LittleFourEyes.com
We’re less than a month away from the beginning of the school year for most children, and while that means shopping for school supplies and back-to-school clothes (as well as maybe fitting in one last family vacation), one area that you’ll want to make sure you don’t neglect is your child’s vision.
Healthy vision and the ability to effectively learn go hand-in-hand. If fact, when a child is experiencing difficulty in school, exhibits signs of a learning disorder or suddenly (or sometimes gradually) experiences a decline in grades, the first stop should be the eye doctor.
Since 80 percent of a child’s learning is visual, a child’s ability to clearly see the blackboard and the words on a page is critical. Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month in an effort to encourage parents to learn about ways they can help protect their child’s vision.
One in four school-age children and one in 20 pre-schoolers have some form of a vision problem. Sometimes the signs are immediately apparent, for example squinting, eyes crossing, holding objects near the face or sitting closer to the television than normal. In other instances, the problems may be less recognizable and require a thorough pediatric eye exam or at least a vision screening to identify.
Early detection and prompt treatment of ocular disorders in children is important to avoid lifelong visual impairment. It also can improve performance in school and reduce behavioral and learning problems.