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Fla. Senators Join Eye Docs, Mascot to Launch Awareness Campaign
(MIAMI & PALM BEACH)—Fewer than 20 percent of preschool kids are currently being screened for vision problems despite serious, but treatable, eye disorders found in young children. Recognizing this fact, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO)—joined by two Florida senators, Joseph Abruzzo (D-Boynton Beach) and Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) - launched its first-ever pediatric vision screening awareness campaign: August’s Amblyopia Awareness Month, as designated by the Florida Senate. The announcement was made Saturday during FSO’s annual meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, where it also introduced its first-ever mascot, “Eagle Eye” to help spread the word.
“I was proud to stand alongside my Senate colleagues and support the passage of Senate Resolution 844 declaring this upcoming August as ‘Amblyopia Awareness Month,’ said Senator Abruzzo, representing the 25th district in Palm Beach County. “It is imperative that we work to instate early-childhood vision detection screenings to protect their health as adolescents while improving the overall quality of life for all of Florida’s citizens. We need to secure the vision of Florida’s future which begins with our children.”
Duval and Dade counties will serve as pilot markets for the inaugural campaign, where FSO members and Eagle Eye will visit summer camps, daycares, libraries, science centers and other groups to educate the parents and caregivers of their 3-5-year-olds.
“Amblyopia—commonly referred to as lazy eye—is an eye disorder that can cause permanent vision loss if not identified and treated early,” said Dr. Stacey Kruger, a Miami pediatric specialist and FSO Board member. “If the disorder is detected in early childhood, especially before the age of five, the chances of successful treatment are significantly increased.”
About the Florida Society of Ophthalmology
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology is the state’s leading advocate for providing Floridians the highest standard of eye care. The FSO’s mission is to promote and protect the medical specialty of ophthalmology through active participation in legislative advocacy and providing continuing medical education and responsible information to its members, physicians and the citizens of Florida. Please visit www.mdeye.org for more information.