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KidSight Offers Back-to-School Screenings with the Help of Lions Club Volunteers

KidSight Offers Back-to-School Screenings with the Help of Lions Club Volunteers

KidSight technicians and volunteers screen thousands of children each year at schools, daycares and comunity events for leading causes of childhood blindness at no cost to families. With as much as 80 percent of learning occurring through the eyes, our KidSight program strives to ensure children have the healthy vision they need to learn at their most critical stages of development.

July and August are busy months for the KidSight program as the team works to make sure children are ready to learn as they return to school each fall. Back-to-school events across Missouri provide great opportunities to reach children and parents with free KidSIght screenings and volunteers helped extend the capacity of KidSight this fall.

KidSight and Delta Gamma Host Missouri Vision Professional Conference

KidSight and Delta Gamma Host Missouri Vision Professional Conference

There are over 375,000 children living in Missouri who are under the age of 5. With as much as 80 percent of learning occurring through the eyes, organizations across Missouri and the country strive to prevent vision problems in young children to help them succeed in school.

KidSight and the Delta Gamma Center for Visual Impairments partnered to host a Missouri Vision Professional Conference on June 28, 2016 at the Delta Gamma Center in St. Louis as a professional development and networking opportunity for organizations working to prevent the heartbreak of vision loss in children.

Long-time Volunteers Host Vision Screenings at Jefferson City Library

Long-time Volunteers Host Vision Screenings at Jefferson City Library

Lions Billy and Janice Bonnot embody the call to be knights of the blind through their dedicated volunteerism. The Bonnots are members of the Jefferson City Host Lions and have been avid supporters and volunteers of KidSight and Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program for more than ten years.

“For people to get involved I think they need to see a screening, visit Saving Sight and have a good mentor. When you get that good start you get that encouragement and passion to carry on,” said Billy.

The Bonnots have helped with KidSight vision screenings at schools and daycares in the Jefferson City area since Janice joined the Lions in 1999. “We think KidSight is such an important program because we do screenings for children 6 months to 6 years and kids learn so much during that timeframe – part of learning is being able to see well,” said Janice.

Long-time Saving Sight Volunteer Screens Vision of 50,000th Child

Long-time Saving Sight Volunteer Screens Vision of 50,000th Child

Florissant resident and St. Charles Lions Club member Becky Henderson screened the vision of her 50,000th child today as a volunteer with the KidSight vision screening program. The milestone occurred at a screening Henderson conducted at Mercy Child Development Center and is just one of hundreds she has conducted over her near 16-year career as a volunteer with nonprofit Saving Sight’s KidSight vision screening program.

KidSight identifies children from 6 months to 6 years at high risk for amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision problems. By identifying at risk children and encouraging immediate, follow-up eye care, the KidSight program helps prevent permanent vision loss. Healthy vision is especially important in ensuring children are prepared for school where as much as 80% of learning occurs through the eyes.   

KidSight Brings Screenings to Dickerson Park Zoo

KidSight Brings Screenings to Dickerson Park Zoo

KidSight brought vision screenings to 105.1 Bob FM Kids Fair at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, August 29. The event drew 5,861 people from across southwest Missouri.

According to the National Eye Institute, vision disorders are “the most prevalent handicapping conditions in childhood. Early detection increases the likelihood of effective treatment and allows for actions to decrease the negative impact of the disorders.” The KidSight program uses portable screening equipment, to screen children for the most common causes of childhood vision loss, including amblyopia (“lazy eye”). Ensuring children have healthy vision can help them succeed in school.

A total of 391 children were screened during the 5 hour event at Dickerson Park Zoo. Volunteers Judy and Jerry Young and Wyman and Sue Grindstaff assisted at the event to help the KidSight program reach so many.

Visit saving-sight.org/kidsight to find a screening in your area or learn how you can support the KidSight vision screening program. 

 

Make Healthy Vision a Priority for Back-To-School Preparation

Make Healthy Vision a Priority for Back-To-School Preparation

August is the time of year parents are preparing their children to return to school. When 80% of learning occurs through the eyes, healthy vision is essential to success in the classroom. So in addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, parents should also make sure their children start the school year off with the vision they need to succeed. Eye doctors recommend that children receive an eye exam before starting grade school. Children with vision or learning problems should get exams earlier.

Regular eye exams can help make sure your child has healthy vision. The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive full, dilated eye exams from an eye doctor at 6 months, 3 years, 5 years (or just before school), and every 2 years thereafter. To find an eye doctor near you, try this search tool.

KidSight can also help identify vision problems through free KidSight vision screenings. Children identified at screenings as high-risk for vision loss will be referred to an eye doctor for a full, dilated eye exam.

On Tuesday, May 3, be part of Give STL Day and make a difference!

On Tuesday, May 3, be part of Give STL Day and make a difference!

Help us prevent the heartbreak of vision loss by giving on May 3, 2016. Give STL Day is a 24 hour crowdfunding event designed to empower every person to give back to their local communities by supporting the organizations they trust to tackle today's most critical issues.

Give STL Day helps KidSight strengthen learning by celebrating and providing crucial funding for the work we and our volunteers perform to promote healthy childhood vision. As much as 80% of learning occurs through the eyes and our programs ensure kids are ready to learn at their most critical stage of development.