Tishomingo Masonic Lodge 9 in Tishomingo, Allen Masonic Lodge 81 in Allen, Stratford Masonic Lodge 118 in Ada and Bright Star Masonic Lodge 113 in Stonewall exhibited 100 percent attendance and participation in its Partners in Prevention program for the 2009-2010 school year.

For more than 24 years  Masonic Charities Foundation of Oklahoma,  Oklahoma Masons and Prevent Blindness Oklahoma (PBO) have worked hand-in-hand to provide free vision screenings to the children and families of Oklahoma.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma provides certified screeners who travel to more than 1,100 locations in all 77 counties to screen children in day  care centers, preschools, Head Start Centers, and public and private schools.  During the 2009-2010 school year PBO staff screened 260,939 children and referred 26,180 for a comprehensive eye exam. Prevent Blindness Oklahoma also provides vouchers for free exams and glasses to qualifying families through their Vision Service Plan benefit program. Prevent Blindness Oklahoma is the only non-profit organization in Oklahoma dedicated solely to preserving sight and preventing blindness.

This fall Prevent Blindness will begin its 45th year of vision screening.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma says 80 percent of what a child learns is learned visually. If a child cannot see, he cannot learn to read; if he cannot read he cannot be successful in school; and if he is not successful in school, he is at risk for making choices that are detrimental to himself, his family, and his community. Seventy percent of juvenile delinquents have an undiagnosed vision problem. Research shows that 20  percent of preschool children and 25 percent of school-age children have an undiagnosed vision problem.  Sixty percent of children have never received a comprehensive eye exam.  Visit Prevent Blindness Web site at www.preventblindnessok.org and click on School Resources to see when PBO will be in a particular area.

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