What is the Peru Lions vision screening?
is a special program to screen children for vision
problems that can lead to Amblyopia. The program
focuses on preschool children between the ages of 1
5. A trained volunteer
from our Lions Club will
screen your child's
eyes with a the Welch-Allen SureSight" Vision Screener. This scanner (see photo
below) is not a camera and no
your child are taken during the Peru Lions vision
Vision-screening procedure is safe and noninvasive.
No eye drops or puff of air are used. The volunteer
Lion holds the device in
front of your child to
No device comes in contact with your child’s
The procedure is totally comfortable.
results of this screening is then sent to the Lions
SEE main office at the Ross Eye Institute in
(The volunteer does not diagnose vision problems.)
If a problem is detected, Lions SEE will contact you
the 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 the way
they see the world is
not the way everyone sees it. Yet vision
problems affect one in 20 preschoolers. They also
affect one in four school children. Without
detection and treatment,
children's vision problems can lead to permanent
vision loss and learning difficulties.
Only an eye doctor
can diagnose and treat a vision problem, but
screenings help find
children who need a full eye
exam. The Peru Lions
Club children's vision screening is
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. If
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.
What is the 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 of the
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
their 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
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 need are
directed to local agencies. All results are kept
How much does the screening cost?
done as a community project without charge.