Oak Ridges Lions Club
Vision Screening Program
Reaching out to our community elementary schools to screen and detect students who may have a vision impairment.
Vision screening has been a part of Lions Clubs International’s mission since its founding and continues today.
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 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.
The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that evey child have his or her eye examination by the age of six months, and when no abnormalities are detected, again at the age of three. Annual eye examination are recommended for school aged children and are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.
Indicators of vision problems in children include:
- attempts to brush away blurred vision
- blinking more than usual
- rubbing eyes frequently
- squinting when focusing on distant objects
- frowning excessively or tilting of the head from one side
- stumbling over small objects
- sensitivity to light
- red, swollen, or encrusted eyelids
- recurring sties in the eyes
- inflamed or watery eyes
Lions clubs’ local efforts can change lives?. Click on the following to view how a local Lions Club saved a young girl's life thanks to vision screening.
2014 July, LQ: Lions Save a Young Girl's Life - Lions Clubs Videos
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