Nov 27, 2013

Checking Little Eyes

GREENVILLE - Members of the Ohio Lions District 13-E have been working over the last two months checking eye sight of all our preschoolers at Kids Learning Place Education and Child Care Centers in Champaign, Logan, Darke, Miami, Shelby and Auglaize counties.

Over 500 children in the above counties in both the child care and Head Start program visited the screening rooms where the members of the Ohio Lions were set up with their testing equipment. Most children pass the test, but this year was especially important for the 81 children that were referred to an eye doctor for future tests after the screenings. Gary Brown, one of the members from Troy said, “we find about 1 in 5 children may need referred further and these groups fell in that overall demographic. The preschool screenings are key to finding eyesight problems early.”

In the test for binocular vision the kids wore “magic glasses” to find the smiley face on the cards and then they were tested for visual acuity with a screening machine where they watched the green light. There were kids wiggling in their seats and sometimes didn’t want to do a test, but the Lions members knew their stuff and got all the kids tested.

During the visit to the Kids Learning Place in Greenville, Bob Medley and Garry Brown from Troy along with Dick Helman from Greenville did the screenings. Thanks to these members and all the Ohio Lions members that help to keep our children healthy.

Council on Rural Services provides education, support, and volunteer services through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Gateway Youth, ACES and RSVP/HandsOn West Central Ohio program in Darke County.

Garry Brown, Ohio Lions member is testing one of the children using the “magic glasses”.


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