What is the Peru Lions vision screening?
is a special program to screen children for vision
that can lead to Amblyopia. The program
focuses on preschool
children ages of 1
5. A trained volunteer
from Peru Lions
screen your child's eyes with a Welch-Allen SureSight
Vision Screener. This scanner is not a camera (photo
No photos of
your child are taken during this vision
Vision-screening procedure is safe and noninvasive.
eye drops or puff of air are used. The volunteer Lion holds the
device in front of your child to
scan. No device comes in
contact with your child’s
The procedure is totally comfortable.
results of this screening is then sent to the Lions
office at the Ross Eye Institute in
(The volunteer does
not diagnose vision problems.)
If a problem is detected, Lions SEE will contact you
screening site, and send you a "To Do" packet to
help you seek
professional care for your child.
Why do children need vision screenings?
with vision problems often do not know that
they see the world is not the way everyone sees it.
problems affect one in 20 preschoolers. They also
affect one in four school children. Without
children's vision problems can lead to permanent
vision loss and learning difficulties.
Only an eye doctor
can diagnose and treat a vision problem,
screenings help find children who need a full eye
The Peru Lions
Club children's vision screening is an accurate
way to detect, at an early age, vision problems in children.
Why should I have my child's vision screened?
Lazy eye can
cause lifelong vision loss in the affected eye.
it is found early enough, however, lazy eye (amblyopia)
can be treated. In
general, the earlier lazy eye is found,
the chance of preventing permanent vision loss.
Peru Lions Club's Children's Vision
Lions Club of
Peru conducts screenings at day care centers,
preschools, Sunday schools and upon request at organized
sites or events.
Our screening method is recommended by many
nation's leading children's eye care professionals and researchers.
What happens at a Peru Lions Club children's vision
The screening is
done with a specialized scanner to test children
through age 5 to see whether the eyes are
straight and how well
eyes work together. This test is important
because children whose
eyes do not work well
together are at risk for
vision problems including
lazy eye (amblyopia), -
misaligned eyes (strabismus), cataracts,
farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
The scan results are
sent to trained eye
professionals for evaluation.
How will I know if my child needs an eye exam?
Results of the
vision screening are used to assess whether a child
needs to see an eye doctor. Children who need a full
eye exam are
referred to an eye doctor of the
parent's choice. Families in financial
directed to local agencies. All results are kept
How much does the screening cost?
done as a community project without charge.