GLOBE- A new device which allows a local service club to provide free vision screenings was featured at the recent health fair on Saturday. The device, known as the PlusOptix vision screener was purchased by the Globe Lions with grant funding from United Fund of Globe-Miami.
The local service club points out that vision problems are common among school-age kids and according to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-age children have vision problems that, if left un-treated, can affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.
Warning signs of Vision Problems in Kids
- Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Losing his place while reading or using a finger to guide his eyes while reading
- Squinting or tilting the head to see better
- Frequent eye rubbing
- Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
- Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
- Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework
- Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
- Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts his eyes”
- Receiving lower grades than usual.
(Warning signs courtesy of ‘Vision Problems of Schoolchildren’ by Gary Heiting,OD)
The simple vision screening cannot replace a comprehensive eye exam by an eye care practitioner. They are simply designed to alert parents or the school nurse to the possibility of a problem, which is why the machine offers only two conclusions: Pass or Refer.
The Globe Lions Club hopes to take the new PlusOptix vision screener into the schools this spring where they can help officials and parents identify vision problems which may be affecting a childs’ schoolwork.