National Geographic : 1925 Apr
Watch TI NOT so many years ago a boy was born in a luxurious home. His parents tried to give him every advantage that a boy should have. He loved Nature and de lighted in long walks in the woods. One day when the boy was about thirteen years old a companion pointed out an in teresting object. The boy could barely see it. For the first time he realized that something was wrong with his eyes and he told his father. Then came glasses and constant joy and astonish ment at the bright new world with clean-cut outlines. All the wonders of the woods which he never dreamed existed were Thetime to begin is from the hour tl spread before his happy eyes. that the doctor or f a prophylactic solu Books were no longer pages of eyes to prevent letters with fuzzy tails. * ** * commonly know eyes" which often This boy was Theodore Roose- Much of the ey velt, who became President of years comes from the United States. Never let the sun If parents such as his never knew that their son had defec tive vision, can anyone doubt that there are thousands of are not sufficient p of childhood some in a weakened con eyes require attenti serious illness, esp diphtheria. boys and girls today whose poor sight has not been discovered by their fathers and mothers? Only o1 children in 1oo at the age of nine years have even so-called perfect eyesight. One out of every eight school children has seri ously defective sight or some disease of the eye which needs immediate attention. If your child is the one out of eight whose eyes re- There are upward of 100,000 blind people in the United States. According to the National Com mittee for Prevention of Blindness more than half of them are needlessly blind. Only 20 of our 48 States have statutes providing for eye tests in schools. Less than one-third of the school children of the entire country have heir Eyes quire attention yououghttoknow it. Youcannot tell from the appearance of the eyes whether they are normal. Many of the eye diseases that lead to protect the eyes ie baby is born. See nurse puts a drop of tion into the baby's he serious disease n as "babies' sore results in blindness. e trouble of later injury in babyhood. shine on a child's asleep. Baby eyelids rotection. Diseases times leave the eyes dition. Children's ion during and after ecially measles and If glasses are prescribe them to blindness are catching. If treated in time they can be cured. Impress upon your boys and girls the danger of using towels that have been used by other people. Try to keep them from rubbing their eyes. Great dan ger comes from infection anddirt. Watch almost any group of boys and girls learning to write. Faces turned sidewise, little doubled-up fists clutching pen cils within a few inches of their eyes. There is the be ginning of eye-strain. Children are frequently accused of inat tention and stupidity when the truth is they cannot see clearly. Get a good eye specialist. He will quickly discover whether your child needs eye treat ment or glasses. necessary he will i. (r j^1 You would not willingly de prive your children of happiness in life and yet, unknowingly, you may deprive them of more than happiness. You may rob them of the power to be self supporting citizens. You may deny them possible greatness. They have an opportunity to watch the way the children use their eyes-to see whether they squint when looking at the blackboard. Teachers are doing a kindly and humane act in helping to prevent misery and possible blindness when they notify the parents of children who need to have their eyes examined. their eyes examined eacn year. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will r - l. ' While parents may not suspect that there is any- be glad to mail, free to any one who writes for it, " , ,., ,.' thing wrong with their children's eyes it is some- a booklet, Eyesight and Health" which will be r".,,p'"ro 1 ';'a*,. times easy for a teacher to detect difficulties, found helpful. HALEY FISKE, President. '..r, '". Published by 1J " METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY--NEW YORK Biggest in the World,MoreAssets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce,More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."