Realeyes Classroom Program
Realeyes is a classroom education program created by the Ohio Optometric Association through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Save Our Sight Fund. Realeyes includes four standardized, interactive, age-appropriate curricula that are presented by volunteer optometrists in the community. Topics covered include eye anatomy, eye safety and eye disorders.
Realeyes volunteers are trained to present the four age-appropriate curricula. Since Realeyes began in 2000, over 800,000 students in 22,000 classrooms have participated.
Realeyes provides education about eye anatomy, eye safety and eye disorders. This contributes to the improvement of the health of Ohioans by fostering relationships between school communities and eye doctors. This lowers barriers and provides access to information about eye and vision care. Pre- and post-tests show Realeyes increases knowledge about eye health, eye safety, and vision care which leads to positive behavioral changes in students. The average score from over 11,000 teacher evaluations rate Realeyes at 4.8 out of a possible 5.0. The goals and objectives of Realeyes focus on the delivery of educational content, hands-on activities, videos, and resources to students in the classroom and to ultimately to family members through materials taken home by students.
Education Standards Met by Realeyes
Each Realeyes program meets the following standards:
- National Health Education Standards:
- 1 (Health promotion and disease prevention
- 3 (Reducing health risks)
- Local Health District Improvement Standard:
- # 3701-36-07-03 (Promote Healthy Lifestyles – Prevention, health promotion, early intervention, and outreach services)
- School Improvement Plans:
- Level III
- Public Health Accreditation Board Standards:
- 3.1 (Provide health education and health promotion policies, program, processes, and interventions to support prevention and wellness)
- 3.2 (Provide information on public health issues and public health functions through multiple methods to a variety of audience)
- Ohio Academic Standards
Pre-K - Kindergarten:
- B (Physical Sciences)
- D (Reading Applications)
- D (Reading Applications)
- D (Reading Applications)
- F (Physical Sciences)
- A (Science and Technology)
Ohio Department of Health – Bureau of Child and Family Health Services
-- Save Our Sight Program. www.saveoursight.ohio.gov
Pre-K and Kindergarten:
"Sammy Safe-Eyes" (30 Minutes)
The character, Sammy Safe-Eyes, explains how to take care of the eyes through story-time, games, and songs. Each student receives a take-home packet that includes sheets with eye safety activities.
Eye Anatomy: Students will be able to identify four parts of the eye.
Eye Safety: Students will learn how to protect their eyes in four common situations.
Eye Disorders: Students will learn the eyes are used for vision and that good vision is important for reading and other daily activities.
Grades 1 and 2: "The Adventures of Rhet & Tina" (45 Minutes)
A video puppet show featuring Rhet and Tina as well as hands-on activities (penlight demonstration of how the pupil shrinks, wearing glasses that simulate vision conditions, tongue twisters, and Simon Says) reinforce the importance of good vision for reading and other daily activities. Each student receives a take-home sheet with activities.
Eye Anatomy: Students will be able to identify five parts of the eye.
Eye Safety: Students will learn ways to take care of their eyes in five common situations.
Eye Disorders: Students will learn about two common vision disorders.
Grades 3 to 5:
"The Case of Vinny Vision" (45 minutes)
Students receive a case packet of optical illusions which keeps them actively engaged to help a detective solve a mystery involving the character, Vinny Vision. The penlight demonstration of how the pupil shrinks is featured. The case packet includes an additional sheet of games and learning opportunities to be done at home.
Eye Anatomy: Students will be able to identify six parts of the eye and explain how the eye works.
Eye Safety: Students will recognize eight ways to protect their eyes during daily activities.
Eye Disorders: Students will learn about two vision disorders, the effect family history has on vision and the difficulties with learning if a vision disorder is not treated.
Grades 6 to 8:
"What's Your EYE-Q?" (45 minutes)
A video presentation that includes demonstrations and lab activities helps students build their EYE-Q about the anatomy of sight, vision disorders, vision diseases, and eye safety. Each student receives a take-home worksheet and vision disease simulator card.
Eye Anatomy: Students will be able to identify eight parts of the eye and explain how the eye the works.
Eye Safety: Students will learn 11 ways to protect their eyes during daily activities.
Eye Disorders: Students will learn about four eye diseases and four vision disorders as well as the importance of good vision to learning.
Realeyes staff often participate in health fairs or related conferences. For more information or to request Realeyes, click here.
Realeyes Vision Education Station this year?
The Vision Education Station is a free-standing kiosk displayed at no cost in Ohio libraries. The kiosk promotes the message of the importance of good vision and eye safety using hands-on activities and optical illusions. Dimensions are 7.5 feet tall, 4.5 feet wide, and 2.5 feet deep. All sides have information about vision health. The display remains in a location for one month. Realeyes staff sets up and tears down the kiosk.
If your library would like to host the Vision Education Station, please fill out the online form.