Last year Salisbury Lions Club screened 2,645 students for vision, resulting in 417 referrals for vision impairment.

  • by James Moore - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:15am

Salisbury Lions Club (SLC) conducts vision screenings for eye abnormalities among pre-k and kindergarten childern in Wicomico County public schools. Over the past year, SBL screened 2,645 students resulting in 417 referrals to eye care specialists. It is estimated that 5% to 10% of pre-school children have visual problems which, left untreated, can negatively impact their visual development and can lead to barriers to learning. The most common neurological vision problem with children is Amblyopia, also known as Lazy Eye. This is caused by reduced vision without any physical eye disease, which occurs when the brain does not properly process the images sensed by that eye. Another common problem is Strabismus, where the two eyes are not aligned. Finally there are problems associated with refractive errors, where an image is not focused on the retina properly, leading to farsightedness (hyperopia) or nearsightedness (myopia.) In many cases, the earlier the detection, the better chance of successful treatment. The screening machine used can help detect any of these issues, and it is quick and non-intrusive to the child.
In addition to eye screening, SLC manages an eyeglass-recycling program that collects eyeglasses, reading glasses, frames and sunglasses throughout Wicomico County. The collected glasses are cleaned and prepared for distribution to those in our community whose eye care is often unaffordable or inaccessible. We also recycle hearing aids so they can be made available for individuals in our community with limited financial resources.