Keep Your Kids' Eyes Safe During Spring Sports Season

Marketwire - Pediatric Cataract Initiative Offers Easy Tips - As the cold and dreary days of winter begin to melt away, restless children welcome warmer weather, longer days and the beginning of another season of spring sports and outdoor activities.

Participation in sports can teach children the importance of physical fitness and discipline, significant leadership skills and the benefits of being a team player, and outdoor activities encourage exercise and social interaction. While these are great outlets and learning opportunities for kids, they may also pose some risk of injury. Each year an estimated 25,000 children under the age of 15 suffer sports-related eye injuries in the U.S., and most of these injuries are preventable. (Source: Prevent Blindness America)

Dr. Scott Lambert is a professor of ophthalmology at Emory University and a member of the advisory council for the Pediatric Cataract Initiative. This program is a global partnership between the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation that aims to protect children's eyes from long-term vision problems and prevent childhood blindness. Dr. Lambert offers parents the following tips to help protect kids' eyes during spring activities:

 

For more information about Dr. Scott Lambert and the Pediatric Cataract Initiative, visit www.pediatriccataract.org.

 

Note to Editors: Dr. Lambert is available for phone and in-person interviews.


 

About the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute
The Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute is a program of the global eye health company focusing on children's vision research, treatment, prevention and advocacy. Founded in 1853, Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, with its contact lenses and solutions, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, and ophthalmic surgical products available in approximately 100 countries. For more information, visit www.bausch.com.

About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the grant-making body of Lions Clubs International, the world's largest volunteer service organization. The LCIF SightFirst program, Lions' flagship initiative, builds comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. Since 1990, the SightFirst program has helped restore sight to more than 30 million people around the world. Lions have raised more than $415 million to provide surgeries, to improve of hundreds of eye care facilities and train of thousands of eye care professionals. For more information, visit www.lcif.org.

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