The Coventry Lions KidSight Screening Team had 21 screening dates and screened children at seventeen day care and preschools in the Owen J. Roberts Community during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
For the past two years the Coventry Lions Club has held eye screening exams for the day care and pre-schools in our communities. Our club uses a Spot PediaVision Camera, a top of the line Vision Screening Camera specifically designed for screening children. Spot is powered by sophisticated technology that quickly detects the indication of the following vision issues:Near-sightedness (myopia) Far-sightedness (hyperopia) Unequal refractive power (anisometropia) Blurred vision, eye structure problem (astigmatism) Pupil size deviations (anisocoria) Eye misalignment (strabismus) or - Amblyopia commonly known as “lazy eye”. In just seconds, Spot provides a comprehensive, reliable analysis that enables informed decision making about the need for a follow-up diagnosis.
Amblyopia and other frequent causes of vision loss in children can usually be treated successfully if they are identified and treated at an early age.
During the screening process, there were several children identified with vision concerns and this information was shared with their parents. Early detection and proper eye care can help to prevent problems that may cause children difficulty in their school years. Included with the expected findings of common eye and vision concerns, our club identified a couple of youngsters with the beginning signs of amblyopia. According to the optometrists that saw these children, the early detection could very well have saved the children from permanent blindness in their affected eye.
To date the screening team has screened 641 preschoolers aged six months to six years old. Twenty children were determined to need follow up care by an eye care professional