Aberdeen Lions Club
Fred Rist is the "Growler Editor" for the Aberdeen Lions Club, working on the club's website and newsletter.
Supporting the vision needs of our fellow human beings through financial support and testing is the goal of Lions Club.
The South Dakota Lions Foundation and the Lions Club of Aberdeen is pleased to meet this challenge and is announcing the Lions “Kids.See” Preschool Vision Screening Program. The objective of the “Kids.See” program is to screen preschoolers in an effort to provide the child good vision for better school performance.
Screening in day cares and preschools is important because approximately 5 percent of children develop serious eye problems between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Some of those problems may not be correctable unless treated before the age of 6. Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," affects up to 5 percent of children, yet only 15 percent of children younger than 5 ever undergo an eye exam.
Why? Most children don't display the signs of vision problems to their parents and only receive an exam when learning problems are detected. Unfortunately by then, the problem may be irreversible. Amblyopia occurs when the brain ignores messages or information sent from one eye. Eventually the "weak" eye will quit trying to work properly and the stronger eye will take over, leading to vision problems. The condition can occur either because of a focusing problem where one eye is more nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic than the other or because of a misalignment of the eyes where one or both eyes cross in or turn out.
There are 59,621 children 5 years and younger in South Dakota and 12,000 to 13,000 of those children are registered for school each fall. It is the intention of the “Kids.See” program to support and assist existing vision programs across the state. The PediaVision technology offers sophisticated measurements that eye charts cannot provide. “Kids.See” is available through the Lions Club of Aberdeen. The club is in possession of one PediaVision unit, and the unit will be available to Lions Clubs in the area.
Lions of South Dakota received a grant from Lions Clubs International and raised local funds to purchase the equipment. Lions members and community volunteers have been trained to screen. Seven PediaVision Screening units are strategically placed around the state and equipment is scheduled and moved to new screening locations by Lion Members.
Parents of children who have been recommended for a complete eye exam receive results immediately. Parents make an appointment for their child with an eye doctor and present the screening results from the screening.
In the last three months, training and screenings have occurred in and around Aberdeen. Approximately one in six children screened has shown some sight deficiency. Please contact the Lions Club of Aberdeen for more information or if interested in a group screening. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.aberdeenlionsclub.org.