Research shows that approximately one out of every 20 children between the ages of 6 months and five years has a serious eye disorder. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7. Yet most children in this age group either never had their vision checked or they’ve been tested with a method that often fails to detect some serious eye problems. By the time children either enter school or do have their eyes tested it may be harder and costlier to provide effective treatment.
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So if a child cannot see well, he cannot learn well. Thus our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly.
Our portable high-tech vision screening devices are programmed to quickly (1 second) and accurately (90%) identify causes of vision loss without causing stress to the child. Our cameras produce a binocular image of a child’s eyes to develop a preliminary determination of the presence of eye disorders.
Not all types of vision problems can be detected through vision screenings and vision screenings are not substitutes for eye exams by eye care specialists. However, some of the vision disorders that can be detected through Project KidSight vision screenings include:
Anisometropia (Unequal Visual Clarity) Gaze (Fixed/Cross Eyes-Not tracking)
Anisocoria (Pupil Size Differences) Hyperopia (Far-sightedness)
Astigmatism (Refractive Abnormality) Myopia (Near-sightedness)
Corneal Reflex (Blinking) Strabismus (Eye Misalignment)
To learn more about setting up a vision screening or to learn to become a screener please contact one of the Project Kidsight Co-chairs listed below:
Lion Rose Potvin
P.O. Box 12
Bark River, Mi 49807
Lion Peggy Lindeman
P.O. Box 626/872 Tapola Rd.
Gwinn, Mi 49841
Lion Duane or Judy Goltz
31807 E. Tourist Rd.
Drummond Island, Mi 49726
Lions KidSight USA Foundation now has a Store
Please visit http://lionskidsightstore.org/ (more items to come)
Project KidSight USA: Preventing Vision Loss One Child At A Time!