Lions screen local children for eye conditions

The Bristol Lions Club recently conducted its annual KidsSight pediatric eye screening in local Bristol public and private schools as well as area private daycare centers.

This year over 400 children below the age of 6 were screened for seven common eye conditions which can often be corrected with non-intrusive methodologies before the age of 7. These conditions, often unknown to parents and assumed by the child to be the way everyone sees the world, can have a significant impact upon the child’s ability to learn. Of the 461 children examined, 35 children or 7.6 percent of those children who were screened merited a referral for further examination by eye care professionals.

The individual screening, performed with parental permission, takes just a minute as a trained Lion examiner aims a camera-like device toward the child’s eyes. A computer printout is produced that identifies any of the sight-related issues and provides additional information about the child’s sight. Pediatricians and eye care professionals can use this report to further examine a child in need of possible intervention.

Fourteen schools and daycare centers assisted the Bristol Lions in this year’s screening program: Hubbell, Ivy Drive, Greene-Hills, West Bristol, Mountain View, and Southside Elementary Schools (public); St. Matthews, Immanuel Lutheran, St. Joseph and St. Anthony schools (private); and BEC Center, Imagine Nation Center, BCO Head Start, A Place to Grow Too, and Bristol Pre-K (day care centers).