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Lions help to check local kids’ eyesight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:02
Members of the Bowling Green Lions Club performed free pre-school vision screening recently at the First United Methodist Church Child Learning Center in Bowling Green.  
As part of an international effort by Lions to fight preventable blindness local clubs across Ohio are holding free vision screening clinics for children age 3 through 5 to detect common disorders that can lead to blindness.  
Using 3D cards and an auto-refraction device the child’s eyes are screened for possible presence of eye disorders including amblyopia (lazy-eye), far and nearsightedness, astigmatism, strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), and media opacities (i.e. cataracts).
No physical contact is made with the child and eye drops are not necessary. This screening is quick and approximately 85-90-percent effective in detecting problems.  If the screening indicates a possible problem the child’s parents are notified to refer the child to an eye care professional for a complete eye exam.  
The earlier a problem is found the sooner effective treatment can begin to avoid long term vision loss and its impact on learning.  The club is grateful for the cooperation and invaluable assistance of the FUMC Child Learning Center School staff.  
More clinics are available for any Bowling Green area day care.

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