A Project of the Southwest Florida Lions Clubs
The Lions Clubs provide a FREE vision and hearing screening program for pre-school children ages 3 and 4 years of age intended to identify early signs of
- "lazy eye"; including asymmetric refractive errors
- “blurred vision from distortion of the cornea”
These conditions have the potential to cause poor vision in one or both eyes and may have serious impact on a child’s ability to learn. However, if caught early enough, they can frequently be corrected. If undetected, they may eventually lead to permanent loss of vision and will directly impact their ability to learn.
We use a special digital camera / computer system (WelchAllyn SPOT) that in a few seconds can measure both eyes and calculate the results of a series of tests from a distance of 3 feet from the child without ever touching the child or using any eye drops. We work with the Southwest Florida Lions Clubs. Those kids showing possible problems are referred to an eye care professional for a complete exam.
We also screen the children for possible hearing loss using an audiometer or a WelchAllyn Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screener. The audiometer is a simple screening where the child is asked to respond to sounds at different frequencies in one ear at a time.
We use a special digital camera / computer system (WelchAllyn SPOT) that in a few seconds can measure both eyes and calculate the results of a series of tests from a distance of 3 feet from the child without ever touching the child or using any eye drops. We work with the Southwest Florida Lions Clubs and the Lee County Head Start Program. Those kids showing possible problems are referred to an eye care professional for a complete exam. Children with hearing concerns are referred to their pediatrician for follow-up.
Failure to detect congenital or acquired hearing loss in children may result in lifelong deficits in speech and language acquisition, poor academic performance, personal-social maladjustments, and emotional difficulties.
This is an extremely important program that has the potential to change the course of a child's life.
It is our honor to provide Lions Club vision and hearing screenings for preschoolers in Southwest Florida
We need to inform the wonderful awesome teams that have supported our Lions vision and hearing screening this year that because of the response to the Covid 19 pandemic, all screenings have been cancelled for the rest of this school year.
We are looking forward to next year’s screenings beginning in August.
Let us recap this year’s marvelous and stupendous results From August 2019 to March 2020
School Age Screening:
Vision Referrals: 666
Hearing Referrals: 994
Vision Referrals: 82
Hearing Referrals: 8
Different Volunteers: 73
Total Volunteer Hours: 1780
We added Lee County Head Start Screening and did 6 community screenings.
We had 12 more schools to screen and were planning on at least 2 community screenings.
Liz and I cannot thank you enough for this yeoman’s effort in serving our community. Without you this would not have been possible.
We know the weeks ahead will be trying for all of us, our nation and the world. Please stay safe and healthy. If you need anything, we will attempt to assist you in any way we can. Our love for you knows no bounds.
We are always looking for caring individuals who love to work with young children to assist us in providing this valuable service. Please contact Lion Joe Jackson at if you would like to volunteer.
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