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Lions Club offers free vision screening Nov. 15-16

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Free screening for children six-months to six-years-old

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Lions Club in partnership with Lions KidSight USA, will offer a free vision screening for children ages six-months to six-years-old from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at St. Peter Lutheran Church located at 130 Luther Lane in Gun Barrel City. Friday is set aside for children enrolled in St. Peter Lutheran Church Preschool and Saturday the screening is open to the public for children six months to six years accompanied by a parent or guardian.
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual so if children can’t see well, it is much more difficult for them to learn efficiently. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then it may already be too late. Vision problems not caught and corrected early may become permanent by age seven.
Lions in the U.S screen over one million children each year through state and local programs known as KidSight. The mission of Lions KidSight is to ensure eye screenings are available so follow up care can be done. The vision screener used is capable of screening for Astigmatism, Myopia, Hyperopia, Anisometropia, Strabismus, Amblyopia and Anisocoria. The individual screening takes just a few seconds and is performed from a distance of about three feet. There is no physical contact with the child and no eye drops are administered. The equipment provides a print-out of the results for each individual which is given to the parent. It is important to understand that this is only a screening and does not constitute an examination or diagnosis of vision problems.  
Approximately 7-15% of children screened will be referred for follow-up by an eye-care practitioner. Approximately 5% of all children in this age group have amblyopia, a treatable disorder that can result in permanently reduced vision when not addressed at an early age. The screening devises detect risk factors for amblyopia, such as strabismus (eyes that cross) refractive errors and unequal vision between the two eyes, and potentially even more serious issues such as cataracts and eye cancer.
This service is offered free of charge by the local Lions Club under the Lions Eye Health Program administered by the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. The Parrot Head Club of Cedar Creek Lake stepped up with a $1,000 donation to help bring the screening to more children in the area. Lions KidSight USA is a national program that brings Lions together to endure that children receive eye screenings and follow up care when needed.
For more information, or to get your daycare set up for a screening, call Joe Kyle (972) 489-6392 or email kyle@flash.net.