First Graders "experience" Low Vision

Since 2007, Partners for Pediatric Vision staff and volunteers have provided a Low Vision Day for the first graders at the John Thomas Dye School. Masks are made that simulate visual conditions such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, cataracts, or optic nerve damage. When the children wear their masks, they go from fully sighted to partially sighted and must navigate the room and activities with tunnel vision or visual field loss, blurred or reduced vision. At the “Eye-Mazing” station, students learn from Dr. Angela Shihady, O.D., what happens at a low vision exam. At “Be My Guide” they meet working guide dogs and the adults who depend on them in order to travel safely. Students learn all

Building Bears and Building Friendships: Sighted and Visually Impaired Kids team up at Build a Bear

On February 12th, 2017, children and families from Partners for Pediatric Vision met sighted peers from the Junior Vista’s at the Del Amo Mall Build a Bear in Torrance. Then the fun began. Each child with visual impairment from Partners for Pediatric Vision was paired up with sighted Junior Vistas peers with the goal of creating their very own stuffed animal to take home. The Junior Vistas walked their buddy to the stuffing machine and then to a series of stations where they helped to describe the hundreds of outfits and accessories to choose from. Next they dressed and decorated the stuffed animals together. By the end of the event, there were rainbow colored bears, cats, dinosaurs and

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