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lions-kidsight-usaToday is Lions World Sight Day! Since 1988, Lions from all over the world have worked together to raise awareness about the importance of eye health and the need for quality eye care.

Here at Lions Pride, we are especially passionate about the children’s vision screening because we have seen first-hand the power of early detection, but sometimes it can be difficult for children to know whether or not they are see something incorrectly.

Vision problems affect one in twenty preschoolers, and one in four school-age children. Without early detection and treatment, these conditions could lead to permanent vision loss; however, fewer than 20 percent of children are adequately screened for vision problems in the United States.

To help improve the chances of early detection, Wisconsin Lions have teamed up with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin to see that all Wisconsin children aged six months to teens have had a vision screening. Now thanks to Lions and Lionesses, vision screenings are taking place in day care centers, preschool facilities and schools all over the state. In the past year, 51 clubs reported over 15,600 children were screened, and nearly 1,500 of those children were referred to an eye care professional for a follow-up appointment.

We can continue to increase these numbers by increasing the number of club members certified to perform vision screenings. You may be surprised to learn just how easy it is to get started. Vision screenings typically take five minutes or less per child and can make a world of difference.

To learn more about screening programs in Wisconsin, please review the Wisconsin Lions Children’s Vision Screening Toolkit. All training is provided by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. Together, we can see that all children receive satisfactory vision screenings and work to end preventable blindness.

Happy Lions World Sight Day from Lions Pride.