Vision Screenings for 364 Children!
The Antrim Bennington Lions Club offered free vision screening for children in the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield and Hancock the week of September 15, 2014. We tested children up to the fourth grade in these five schools along with children at The Grapevine. During Home and Harvest we also provided free eye screening at the Town Hall.
It is important to screen vision in young children as if the brain cannot utilize their eyes correctly, chances of learning to see will rapidly decrease. The optimal time to correct problem is before age five, by age ten the eyes are fully developed so the earlier the vision is evaluated, the better. A eye screening can pick up the following vision anomalies:
- Astigmatism (irregularly shaped corneas or lenses)
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Anisometropia (differences between the two eyes)
- Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Of the 364 children that were screened, 21 were advised to see an eye care professional as the Spot Vision Screener used for testing picked up one or more vision anomalies.
Following is a planning meeting getting ready for the September vision screenings.