The Sand Lake Lions Club will conduct a free “Project Kidsight” photoscreening for kids ages toddler through kindergarten on Saturday, December 8, at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library during the Santa Clause visit, from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary.
This is a program of the Michigan Lions, in cooperation with Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The goal is to detect poor vision or risk factors in young children that interfere with normal visual development. Early diagnosis and treatment yields better visual outcomes. The prevalence of amblyopia (lazy eye) is estimated to be 2 to 5 percent in children. However, less than 20 percent of children below kindergarten are screened for this condition.
This simple screening procedure can have a big impact on a child’s learning ability. The screening of young children is done by trained Michigan Lion volunteers using the latest camera technology and gives immediate results. Each screening takes about 10 minutes. Recent statistics show that over 5 percent of the children tested are referred for further testing.
The Sand Lake Lions will be screening children one year of age through kindergarten. If you suspect a problem in a younger child, they will try to do a screening. An adult family representative must be present during all screenings.
There is no cost, but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of this and other service projects of the Sand Lake Lion’s Club ‘s ongoing outreach to the community. Donations of eyeglasses will also be accepted. They may also be put in the donation box at the Sand Lake branch of Independent Bank at any time.