North Haven Lions expand Kidsight screening program



The North Haven Lions Club is expanding its Kidsight vision screening program to include pre-school-age children. Our first screening session will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Mildred Wakeley Recreation Center on Linsley Street. Children as young as six months can be screened. There is no charge for this service.

The Lions will also come to pre-K learning centers in North Haven by appointment.

Since 2016, the North Haven Lions have been screening students at the four North Haven elementary schools, the pre-k classrooms at Green Acres Elementary School and the Child Development Laboratory School at North Haven High School. Also, some home-schooled children were screened through an arrangement with the North Haven Memorial Library.

Our goal is to eventually screen every child because young children may not know that they have a vision problem.

About 10 percent of children screened each year were recommended to have a complete examination.

Under the auspices of the Lions Eye Health Program, we use the Welch-Allyn SPOT vision screening equipment. 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.

Our equipment provides a print-out of the results. The SPOT equipment may detect eye abnormalities such as Astigmatism (blurred vision), Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power) and Anisocoria (pupil size deviations).

This is only a screening. The Lions Eye Health Program recommends all children have a complete eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist at least once between the age of 3 and 5.

For more information about the KidSight program or other North Haven Lions Club service activities, contact Alan Sturtz, North Haven Lions Club KidSight Coordinator, at northhavenctlions@gmail.com.



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