The Lions Club of Huntington County, which includes the clubs in Andrews, Bippus, Huntington, and Roanoke is partnering with Pathfinder Kids Kampus Early Childhood Center of Huntington for Operation Kid Sight. On Monday March 19thfrom 3:00 until 4:30 P.M., and on Tuesday March 20th and Wednesday March 21st from 8:30 until 10:00 A.M. and 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. members of the Lions Club will be at Pathfinder Kids Kampus 435 Campus Street so children ages 18 months through age 5 can receive free eye screenings.
This event is open to any child in the Huntington County community; you do not have to be enrolled at Pathfinder Kids Kampus. Any child participating will need written permission from parents to participate in the vision screening. Consent forms are available at Pathfinder Kids Kampus and can be completed by parents the day of the screening. No appointments will be necessary. The cost of the photo vision screening is paid in full by the Lions Club of Huntington County. The program is sponsored by the Indiana Lions Clubs, the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank, Inc. and the Indiana University Department of Ophthalmology under the supervision of pediatric ophthalmologist Daniel E. Neely M.D.
The first few years of a child’s life are critical in the development of normal vision. A child with vision problems often does not know that the way they see the world is not the way everyone else sees it. Vision deficiencies in a child’s eyes are not always obvious and it is estimated that 3-4 % of children may have occult vision loss from undetected amblyopia or what is commonly referred to as “lazy eye”. If some problems are not detected early, a child’s vision may deteriorate to the point of irreversible blindness. Other research indicates that 70-80% of what a child learns is visually acquired and there is evidence to suggest that children with undetected vision disorders are more likely to fail in school.
Operation Kid Sight screeners use the PediaVision SO-8 screening system. The volunteer takes a digital measurement of the child’s eyes from a comfortable distance of three to four feet. Pass/refer criteria for the screening system is set using guidelines established by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus as modified by Dr. Neely. Photo screening is a vision screening device – it is not a diagnostic tool. It is part of a comprehensive vision care program including regular eye exams by an eye care professional.
For more information about the Kid Sight event at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, contact Joy Koch at (260) 356-0123 or e-mail her at [email protected].
Pathfinder Kids Kampus, Huntington, offers early intervention services along with child care and preschool services for children from infancy to age 12. Pathfinder Kids Kampus is a Paths to QUALITY Provider and is the only licensed child care center in Huntington County. Pathfinder Kids Kampus can be found on the web at
www.kidskampus.org and is a division of Pathfinder Services, a not-for-profit human and community development agency based in Huntington and serving Northeast Indiana.