Jocelyn Williams (left) is tested by Lion David Leader for Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” last week at Loving Care Learning Center. The Ottawa and Glandorf Lions Clubs tested 89 preschool children at Loving Care and at Trinity Preschool. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
Jocelyn Williams (left) is tested by Lion David Leader for Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” last week at Loving Care Learning Center. The Ottawa and Glandorf Lions Clubs tested 89 preschool children at Loving Care and at Trinity Preschool. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

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).

Both 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.

According 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 blindness.

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.