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Eye screening

Dec 05, 2012
Photo by: JULIE JOHNSTON/Ledger photo

Chad Reed of Richland uses a film-screening device to screen Pekin Preschool student Clayton Harvey’s eyes. The camera places a light pattern on the child’s forehead to indicate proper distance and focus, then is fired, capturing images on the eye that doctors can use to diagnose problems. Lions Club volunteers from Packwood and Richland have been trained to organize and conduct the free, non-invasive, vision-screening sessions, one of which was held recently at Pekin Preschool. The results are interpreted by trained staff in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and returned to families. The Southeast Iowa Lions clubs will be raising $10,000 for the purchase of a new digital device that can send the screenings immediately to the university for interpretation. Iowa Kidsight is a joint project of the Lions clubs of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Ophthalmology and Visual sciences, dedicated to the early detection and treatment of vision impairments in young children from 6 months to 4 years of age. One in four children in the United States suffers from a vision problem. The earlier potential eye conditions are detected, the more easily and successfully they can be treated.

 

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