OTTAWA — The Ottawa and Glandorf Lions Clubs combined forces this
past week to screen 89 preschool children for common vision problems
that, if detected early, can be corrected.
Children at Trinity
Preschool and Loving Care Learning Center were screened using two tests.
The first test, which tested for amblyopia (lazy eye) used a set of
cards and “magic glasses.” Children, when wearing the magic glasses,
should have been able to see a smiley face on the cards. The second test
involved the children looking into a camera that may determine the
presence of eye disorders including far and nearsightedness,
astigmatism, strabismus (crossed or misaligned eyes), anisometropia
(unequal refractive power), and media opacities (i.e. cataracts).
techniques have been scientifically tested and have been shown to be
highly accurate. The Lions provide the testing at no charge. The only
thing that the Lions stand to gain is the satisfaction of getting
children help for potential vision problems. Results of both tests were
shared with each child’s parent/caretaker. If the results indicated a
potential problem, the Lions suggested an eye doctor see the child.
to Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Care Foundation President Larry Swords, if
Amblyopia is detected early, most times it can be corrected with
therapy. If the disorder is not rectified, a person may need surgery or
it may not be able to be corrected. Eventually, Amblyopia may cause
Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision problems
in children, and can be the source of learning and/or behavioral issues.
For further information on how the Lions Vision Screening can come to
your preschool or day care facility, contact your local Lions Club.