Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington will be the location for free Operation KidSight vision screening for children ages 18 months through 6 years old on March 12th and 13th from 9:00–9:30 a.m. and 1:00-1:30 p.m. Kids Kampus is located at435 Campus Street,Huntington. The Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank and the Huntington County Lions Club will be providing the screenings. 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. Vision abnormalities in a child’s eyes may occur even when the eye appears to look normal. In addition, a child with vision problems often does not realize that the way they see the world is not the way everyone else sees it.
It is estimated that 3-4% of children may have vision loss from undetected Amblyopia, commonly referred to as “lazy eye”. Decreased vision results when one or both eyes send a blurry image to the brain and the brain does not learn to see clearly. If problems are not detected early, a child’s vision may deteriorate to the point of irreversible blindness.
In order to be screened, a child must be old enough to fixate (to look at a flashing light on the camera). This is typically possible after one year of age. The screening is targeted at children who are pre-verbal and who may not be able to describe to parents, teachers or doctors the fact that they do not have perfect vision.
There are other tests, such as reading an eye chart, which are generally better for children over 5 years of age. However, the eyes are fully developed by age 6 and any screening and testing problems found after age 6 may be discovered too late for medical treatment.
For more information, call Lisa Mettler, Administrator of Kids Kampus, at 260-356-0123 or [email protected]
Pathfinder Kids Kampus, Huntington, offers child care and preschool services to children from infancy to age 12. Pathfinder Kids Kampus is a Paths to QUALITY Provider and is the only licensed child care center in HuntingtonCounty.