Lions “Free Vision Screenings” at Oxford Preschools
and at the October 26 Halloween Parade
OXFORD – The Oxford Lions Club would like to announce to parents, child guardians, and caregivers: the Club has launched a special free program to screen children for vision problems called the Lions SEE (Screening Eyes Early) program. The program focuses on preschool children (between the ages of one and five). For your convenience, special vision screenings will be available at the Oxford preschools as well as at the Lions’ Halloween Parade and Party. The Lions dedication to being knights of the blind makes this endeavor a perfect fit and they say, “If your child has not yet seen an eye doctor, let us screen your child’s eyes.”
One in twenty preschool aged children has a vision problem, which means 5% of our preschoolers have a problem. With signed consent, trained volunteers from Oxford’s Lions Club will screen your children’s eyes at all Oxford pre-schools this month. (Watch for information being sent home in Friday Folders.) The “Free Vision Screening” will also take place on Sunday, October 26, at 1 p.m., at the annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the Oxford Lions Club, held at the Oxford Fire Station. The screening process is quick, reliable and non-invasive.
The results of the vision screening will be sent to the Lions SEE main office, at the Ira G. Ross Eye Institute. This is where the high-tech Lions Diagnostic Imaging Center is. If a problem is detected, Lions SEE will contact you. A “Parent to Do” packet will be mailed to help you seek professional care.
“The Ross” provides state of the art vision diagnostic and research equipment, purchased by Western New York Lions Clubs. They committed to raising the funds necessary for this specialized equipment for testing preschool children, which would otherwise be lacking in this region.
Approximately five million children in the U.S. alone, has a serious eye disorder that can lead to a lifetime of impaired vision or even blindness. From the screenings, many preschool children can start receiving treatment for preventable vision problems before they become more evident. 3 to 5% of preschoolers have visual problems that can lead to amblyopia.
Amblyopia is the leading cause of monocular blindness (permanent blindness in one eye). It can develop as a result of different information coming from the two eyes. It can, however, be successfully prevented with early detection and treatment before the age of 3, which can lead to a 95% recovery of vision.
To date Lions from across New York State have screened over 4,200 children. There are many more out there that need to be screened. Currently the Lions have a follow-up rate of 80%.
A child goes blind in our world every minute, 1,440 a day; 525,600 a year. Vision plays a critical role in development during the first three years of life. Children use their sight to strengthen motor functions, establish parent-child bonding, build picture perception and gain their balance. Unless the child shows visible symptoms, most parents or caregivers do not know a problem exists. Even children who can communicate may not give a clue. They believe they see exactly the same way. That is why the Lions clubs are screening for visual problems such as Amblyopia. Childhood blindness is often an avoidable tragedy that impacts the child, family, community and society. Lions know how to prevent this. The vision screening is a free community service project.
The annual Halloween Parade and Party, always the Sunday before Halloween, is sponsored by the Oxford Lions Club. Held at the Oxford Fire Station on Fort Hill Park, registration begins at 1 p.m.; and the parade starts at 1:30 p.m.
Since 1917, Lions clubs throughout the world have shared a common vision to fight blindness and provide vision care for all. For more information, contact Carol Kuhn at (607) 843-9534 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Visit – http://oxfordlions.org/