Monthly Social Media Contests

We’re celebrating healthy eyes across our beautiful state with monthly social media contests. Enter each month for a chance to win monthly prizes. Contests for all ages!

 

     

June’s Contest

Awesome Person Contest!

We’re searching for Colorado’s awesome people! Nominate your awesome person by June 30, 2020 and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to your favorite local Colorado restaurant for you and another $25 gift certificate for your Awesome Person.

That’s right! 2020 Eyes Colorado is searching for three Awesome People who have made a positive impact big or small this month.

NOMINATION RULES:

  1. Follow 2020 Eyes Colorado
  2. Tag your Awesome Person and the Colorado restaurant you want to eat at below.
  3. Tell us how the nominee has awesome this month.
  4. Both parties must live in Colorado and are entered to win a $25 gift to a favorite Colorado restaurant.
  5. Nominate more than one person!
  6. Contest ends 6/30/20
  7. Nominate your Awesome Person on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram contest posts.

February’s Contest

Win Apple AirPods Image

Enter for a chance to win pair of Apple Air Pods!

To enter on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter:
1. Post a photo on “Why I Love Colorado”
2. Follow this account
3. Tag a friend who also loves Colorado
4. Use #2020EyesColorado and #2020EyesCOlove

We’ll pick the best photo and announce the winner in March!

Contest closes Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

2020 is the Year of Eye Health and 2020 Eyes Colorado is improving eye health across Colorado through awareness and education.

January’s Contest is Closed

January Photo Contest

We gave away a $100 REI gift card!

Participants posted photos of Winter in Colorado using #2020EyesColorado and #2020EyesCOphoto

Contest closed January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

2020 is the Year of Eye Health and 2020 Eyes Colorado is improving eye health across Colorado through awareness and education.

Eye fact


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What Parents Need to Know About Nearsightedness Prevention for Children

Nearsightedness (Myopia) among children has been rapidly increasing for decades, yet the risks and treatment are widely misunderstood by parents and caregivers. Prevention and early detection are two keys to controlling this epidemic impacting children’s vision, development and classroom learning.

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a vision condition that impacts a child’s ability to see objects at a distance because the shape of the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too curved. Nearsightedness is not an eye disease, but an imperfection in the eye known as a refractive error. The condition typically begins in childhood and often progresses over time as the child grows. Roughly, 41% of Americans are nearsighted as opposed to 25% in 1971.1 This upward trend exists throughout Colorado and across the world.

Early Detection and Slowing Progression

Doctors of optometry agree that the best way to slow myopia progression and possibly prevent it includes a combination of:

  1. Consistent comprehensive eye exams for children even without symptoms. Children should have their eyes examined by an eye doctor to get a full look at their eye health at 12 months, 3 years, 5 years of age and then every year for low-risk kids. These regular exams give your child the best chance at early detection and treatment to slow or correct nearsightedness.
  2. Daily time outdoors has been shown to delay the onset of myopia.
  3. Minimize screen time as this has been linked to increase in progression.
  4. If one or both parents are nearsighted their child is at higher risk, making it not possible to prevent, but the progression of the condition can often be slowed with proper detection and treatment.

Symptoms

Below are common symptoms for children experiencing nearsightedness. Keep in mind that many children don’t complain of symptoms and aren’t aware they are having a visual challenge. This makes a comprehensive eye exam key for early detection.

  • Blurry vision when trying to focus on distant objects.
  • Squinting to read far away text.
  • Sitting close to the TV or holding screens, books or objects close to the face.
  • Regular headaches.

Risks of Untreated Nearsightedness

It is important for caregivers to understand that children with moderate nearsightedness are at risk for additional serious eye conditions as adults. Such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Macular Degeneration

Treatment

Once nearsightedness begins it cannot be reversed, but it can be slowed. The child’s distance vision should be fully corrected with glasses and/or contacts. Additional treatments to slow progression can include:

Prescribed eye drops
These drops are administered daily to slow progression of myopia.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Used in children and adults, CRT uses contact lenses that are worn only at night to reshape the cornea during sleep. No lenses or minimal correction is worn during the day. It takes about 2 weeks get the full effect and they need to be work every night.

Multifocal contact lenses
These unique contact lenses have different prescriptions in different locations of the lens. Often these are daily disposable contact lenses that children learn quickly to insert and remove.

References

1 https://www.nei.nih.gov/about/news-and-events/news/myopia-close-look-efforts-turn-back-growing-problem#:~:text=As%20a%20result%2C%20people%20with,from%2025%20percent%20in%201971.

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