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Lions Club, Kids Kampus team up for Kid Sight

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Lions Club of Huntington County in cooperation with the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank is partnering with Pathfinder Kids Kampus for Operation Kid Sight. On Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m., and Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., members of the Lions Club will be providing free vision screenings at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, 435 Campus Street, for children ages 12 months through six years.

This event is open to any child in Huntington County and participating children will need written permission from parents or guardians to participate. Consent forms are available at Pathfinder Kids Kampus and can be completed the day of the screening. An appointment is not necessary. The cost of the vision screening is paid in full by the Lions Club of Huntington County.

It is estimated that three to four percent of children may have vision loss from undetected amblyopia or what is commonly referred to as “lazy eye.” Amblyopia is decreased vision in a child that results when one or both eyes send a blurry image to the brain. The brain does not learn to see clearly. If problems are not detected early, a child’s vision may deteriorate to the point of irreversible blindness. Research indicates that 70 to 80% of what a child learns is visually acquired and there is evidence to suggest that children with undetected vision disorders are more likely to fail in school.

In order to be screened, a child must be old enough to fixate (to look at a flashing light on the camera). This is typically possible after one year of age. The screening is targeted at children who are pre-verbal and who may not be able to describe to parents, teachers or doctors the fact that they do not have perfect vision. There are other tests, such as reading an eye chart, that are generally better for children over five years of age. Remember that the eyes are fully developed by age six and any screening and testing problems found after age six may be discovered too late for medical treatment.

For more information about the Lions Club Operation Kid Sight event at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, contact Lee Ann Berry at (260) 356-0123 or e-mail her at lberry@pathfinderservices.org.