In October, Salisbury Lions Club screened 755 students for vision, resulting in 105 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 children in Wicomico County public schools. Just last month (October), SLC screened 755 Wicomico school students and referred 105 students to eye care specialists for follow up. Last 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 whose eye care is often unaffordable or inaccessible. We also recycle hearing aids so they can be made available for individuals with limited financial resources.