As part of Moran Eye Associates outreach program, Dr. Bianca Tang is visiting schools in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton to teach young students about vision. Using crafts and a story time presentation, she explains to first graders how the eye works and the importance of protecting your eyes.
“It’s been fun working with the students. They are good listeners and are enthusiastic to share what they know about vision.”
She shows the students with pictures of different kinds of animal eyes. These pictures illustrate how although cat, horse, lizard, fish and lizard eyes all look very different, the design gives the animals the right vision for their environment.
She talks with the students about how to protect their eyes, so that they can have good vision that lasts them a lifetime. They discuss how wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. They also talk about the importance of eye protection while playing sports, and how everyone should wear eye shields at work and at home if there is a danger of something hitting their eye. Everyone attending gets a pair of sunglasses with UV protection to take home.
To help the students learn about the parts of the eye, the children do a craft project to make an eye of their own, complete with iris, pupil and lots of eyelashes!
If you would like Dr. Tang to make a visit to your school, please contact our office.
If you would like Dr. Tang to visit your school, please contact our office to set up a date.
Dr. Tang Teaches About Eye Care
Students at Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton are all eyes!
On Tuesday, June 5th, Dr. Bianca Tang brought eye education to 1st grade classrooms at Harry S. Truman Elementary School in the Salisbury School District, and Paxinosa Elementary School in the Easton Area School District. Her visits were part of Moran Eye Associates commitment to community outreach.
Dr. Tang contacted local school nurses and offered to teach the children about eye care, to help the children feel more comfortable about visiting the eye doctor. She explained the importance of taking care of your eyes and wearing eye protection. She talked to them about what to expect at an eye exam, and showed them the tools that the eye doctor uses to check their vision. They talked about how important it is to visit the eye doctor even if you don’t need glasses.
Not surprisingly, all of the 1st graders knew what pink eye was!
The children were excited to learn about how the eyes work. Dr. Tang explained that your eyes can play tricks on you, and played some games with optical illusions. The students did a great job identifying the eyes of different animals…
fish, birds, horses, goats and reptiles…and seeing the differences between each one.
Then it was time to get out the glue sticks! Each student made a craft which helped them to identify the parts of the eye. They quickly learned that the color part of the eye is IRIS, and the black center part is the PUPIL. They finished off their project with beautiful eyelashes!
At the end of the 30-minute presentation, the children enthusiastically answered questions about what they learned. We aren’t sure who had more fun, the children or our staff!
Next stop on the education tour is Lincoln Elementary in Emmaus, and Jaindl Elementary in the Parkland School District, next week.
If your child’s school would be interested in an eye care program for any grade, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 610-628-2022.