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
Last school year (2018-19) our awesome teams completed 5204 screenings of school children, referring 579 for complete vision examinations, referring 1060 to pedestrians for hearing follow-up, completed 1,967 hours of volunteer service with 71 different volunteers.
UPDATE As of November 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year:
Our awesome teams (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) have completed 3323 screenings with 417 vision referrals and 608 hearing referrals.
Over 1,002 volunteer hours were given for this great service.
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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