Through the eyes of a child

Organization hosts free vision screening

Organization hosts free vision screening

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Members of a local organization stepped up to make sure Region 8 children can see.

University Heights Lions Club offered a free vision screening at Jonesboro Public Library Dec. 12 for children ages six months to twelve-years-old.

The Lions Club members use a form of technology called SPOT vision screening.

This device that takes a snapshot of the child’s eyes and searches for problems.

If any abnormalities are found, parents are provided a printed form to take to an eye doctor.

Opthalmologist with Southern Eye Associates in Jonesboro Dr. Thomas Woods said the screenings are a great way to help parents become aware of their child’s eye health.

“We’re checking for lazy eye mainly and seeing if they need glasses,” Woods said. “This is something we’ve been doing for sometime with the Spot Camera.”

University of Heights Lions Club Secretary Ron McCormick said the club has had the camera for about four years.

“We have screened over 7,000 individuals,” McCormick said. “There is a 10% rate of those that need follow ups and 4% have serious problems that need immediate attention.”

McCormick said the process is a simple, non-threatening way to take pictures of the eyes.

The camera costs around $8,000 and was paid for by Lion’s Club fundraising.

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