A Vision for Children Everywhere

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To learn at school every child needs to be able to see their texts and lessons on the board or screen. To develop relationships with their peers they need to be able to see faces and play safely. To take in the world around them –they use their eyes.

 

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That why Linden Optometry A P.C. is proud to support Our Children’s Vision – a global call to action to ensure that effective, inclusive and sustainable eye health initiatives for children and adolescents become a priority for governments around the world.

Undetected vision conditions do more than just limit a child’s ability to see. They limit their ability to learn, can lead to the misdiagnosis of a learning disability like ADHD, can increase the likelihood of becoming a juvenile offender, and in some instances can even lead to blindness, if not identified and treated early. The statistics tell the story. Children with uncorrected vision:

• Are often misdiagnosed as having a learning disability – 40% of kids with diagnosed learning disabilities have vision issues

• May suffer from permanent vision loss if a vision issue, like amblyopia (better known as lazy eye), is not treated by age seven

• Could face legal troubles – one study suggests 70% of juvenile offenders have been found to have uncorrected vision problems

• Could earn up to 12% less over their lifetime

It is estimated that half the world’s population will be myopic – or nearsighted – by 2050 and the cost to the global economy will be a huge $202 billion annually through the loss of educational and economic productivity. If we can reach children while their eyes are developing we can slow and even reverse this trend.

An eye exam and a pair of glasses can be the solution. When children are educated they tend to be healthier, participate more in the labor market, earn higher incomes and enable better health care and education for their own children in the future.

Over the coming months, our doctors will make a donation for every frame sold to help ensure that every child, everywhere has access to the eye care they need. Visit our practice to learn more – or make a donation givingsight.org

And don’t forget to ensure that your child has had an eye exam. We invite you to contact our office to make an appointment.

Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Recognized for her Volunteer Work

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Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Volunteering at RAM Clinic in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Alissa Nagel/Nevada.

On the weekend of October 3-4, optometrist Dr. Brenda Lien volunteered her time to give free eye exams and related vision care at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic, a 3-day event where hundreds of families received no-cost medical, dental, and vision care.  Most of those patients are either un-insured, under-insured, unemployed, or simply cannot afford health care.

The clinic was held at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, and was sponsored by Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit, volunteer relief corps.  RAM’s big-rig trucks hauled in trailers full of medical equipment on Thursday, and the huge, empty gymnasium was transformed overnight into something that looks like an Army MASH unit:  Wall-to-wall dental, medical, and vision testing equipment, exam chairs, and dozens upon dozens of volunteer medical personnel.

Because the clinic is run on a first-come, first-served basis, patients began lining up for numbers as early as 3:30 AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. At 6:00 AM when the clinic doors opened, the anxious crowds rushed in to finally receive no-cost general medical care, immunizations, dental care, eye exams, basic eye treatment, and eyeglasses.   Organizers say they never shut their doors until every patient has been seen.

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It was a great privilege and blessing to volunteer and help restore sight to nearly 500 individuals over the weekend,” said Dr. Lien, still cheerful and energetic after several long days of volunteer work.

Dr. Lien has practiced optometry at Linden Optometry in Pasadena for over 9 years, providing eye exams and vision care for both children and adults.  She is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry, and she became a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 2010.  Dr. Lien has been a Subject Matter Expert for the California State Board of Optometry and is a recipient of the PEN/Con-Cise Award for displaying a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the independent practice of optometry.

Remote Area Medical’s mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those who cannot afford medical attention.  According to RAM, “Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care.  RAM responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision, and medical care to those who cannot afford it.  In less than 24 hours we turn fairgrounds, schools, jungles, and arenas into mobile medical centers.”

Linden Optometry P.C. recognizes Dr. Lien for volunteering her time to be part of the solution. 

Dr. Lien’s participation in the RAM Clinic was made possible by international non-profit Optometry Giving Sight, as a result of Linden Optometry being the #1 fundraiser in last year’s World Sight Day Challenge 2014.”

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A Typical “RAM” Remote Area Medical Free Clinic (stock photo courtesy RAM)