Did you know that eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. The first step to prevention is awareness. The second is early detection through vision screening. Around the world, Lions Clubs partner with medical professionals and community leaders to screen young children, primary school students, and adults to identify those at risk for vision loss. The venue for Lions’ vision screenings varies from schools, to workplaces, to community health fairs, and the screening methods depend upon the age group. But the results are always the same. Early identification leads to timely referral, professional treatment, and improved or restored sight.
Working in conjunction with the school nurses, Laura O’Connor, member of the IT Department and President of the Rutherford Lions Club, used the Spot Vision Screener with students at the Kindergarten Center and Washington School. She will screen at Lincoln School later this month. The screening quickly captures an image of both eyes, is non-invasive and provides instant results indicating whether measurements are in range or a complete eye exam is recommended. The device screens for six amblyopic risk factors: Farsightedness, Nearsightedness, Astigmatism, Strabismus, Anisometropia and Aniscoria.