Between October 3 and October 19, 2016, the James City Lions Club along with help from the Williamsburg Host Lions Club conducted vision screening for all incoming kindergarten as well as third grade students at the nine Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Elementary Schools. This is the second year for Lions to screen this magnitude of local school children. A total of 1552 students, which also included some Pre K and several special needs students, received vision screening using the Welch Allyn Spot Screener. The SPOT Vision Screener is a handheld, portable device that can detect focusing issues in patients 6 months of age through adult. Because the SPOT captures automatically requiring no response from the subject, it is especially valuable in screening special needs, preverbal, and preschool children. Of the 1552 students screened, 166 were identified as having a common eye problem which needs to be addressed through a vision screening by an eye care professional. One of the most common problems is Amblyopia also known as Lazy Eye. If this is addressed early, before the age of 10 years, blindness may be prevented. Other vision problems include unequal focus, curved focus, farsightedness, nearsightedness, eye alignment not normal, unequal pupil size, and crossed or wall-eyed. This form of vision screening is available to not only the school system but to any nursery, day care center or preschool in Williamsburg and James City County. There is no cost for the screening as this is part of the service provided by Lions who were called Knights of the Blind by Helen Keller in 1925.
Posted by: Ted Cors
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