Contributed by the BC Doctors of Optometry to bring awareness to Children's Vision Month. In October, visit Science World to see their exhibit that shines a light on vision and education.
For those of us with sight, our eyes give us 85% of our total knowledge. And for a young, sighted child learning new things about the world every day, the health of their eyes will impact their journey.
Any parent wants the best for their child, but many parents aren’t sure when, how and where to prioritize their child’s eye health. Often, eye health is considered too late.
According to research from the University of Lethbridge, children experiencing vision difficulties often do not report the problem, resulting in some children facing challenges due to the visual demands of traditional classroom settings that don't accommodate those with low vision.
In addition, the BC Doctors of Optometry’s 2022 Research Campaign revealed that only 67% of people in BC are aware that MSP coverage is available for anyone under 19 to receive an annual eye exam.
This October, the BC Doctors of Optometry want to change that by commemorating Children’s Vision Month in an exciting way. They’re partnering with Science World to create an eye-opening exhibit that sheds light on how our vision and eyes interact with our overall health.
The exhibit, “The Superpower of Sight," features a seven-foot-tall replica of an eyeball and invites children to explore their vision.
Kids can learn about the functions of their own eyes by participating in a quick and fun vision screening activity run by BC Doctors of Optometry. The screening will be available on select dates and hours at the exhibit, identified on the ticket page.
Throughout the entire month of October, visitors can attend the exhibit to learn about eye health by exploring the walk-in eyeball, interacting with other eye-health-related activities, and discovering incredible facts about human eyes.
The outcome of the exhibition is eye-opening: It’s important to care for your eyes and get them checked by an optometrist at least once a year. To help, BC Doctors of Optometry invite parents to book an appointment with their local optometrist for their kids, today.
See it for yourself!
Visit “The Superpower of Sight” within Science World's BodyWorks Gallery from October 1 to 31.