Lions Club sets sights on helping kids see better

Grand Haven Lions Club members shared their vision with preschoolers at Little Lakers Learning Center on Wednesday morning.
Marie Havenga
Nov 18, 2011

 

The goal of the club’s Project KidSight is to screen youngsters ages 2-5 for eye and vision problems, with the hope of early detection leading to successful correction.

The Grand Haven Lions joined close to 50 other district clubs to purchase a $12,000 screening camera six months ago.

The Little Lakers child care center at 711 E. Savidge St. was the local club’s first stop.

The equipment can detect near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, unequal refractive power, blurred vision and pupil size deviation.

Out of the 60 preschoolers screened Wednesday, about 10 percent were flagged for follow-up recommendations, according to Lions Club volunteer Diane Hansen, who teaches the blind and visually impaired.

Hansen said early detection is key.

“They have a better chance the sooner problems are caught and corrected,” she said. “This gives us a way to correct problems before the kids get into school.”

Any preschool, day care or other interested child organization may contact Hiemstra at 616-935-7264 or e-mail barbhiemstra@yahoo.com to schedule a screening.

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