Posted November 13, 2017
For the eighth year, Plymouth Lions Club volunteers put in countless hours to screen Plymouth students for vision problems.
The Plymouth School District – with invaluable help from the Lions – screens students in 4K, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades, in addition to any students referred by staff or parents.
This year, 720 district students were screened, with 44 of them referred to eye-care professionals for further evaluation.
Lions Club members, from left, Mike McKenzie, Marty Bonk and Sara Baltus screen the vision of Brinley Baltus, a student at Fairview Elementary School. Photo by Dennis Schwartz
“We would like to thank the Plymouth Lions Club for their dedication to this yearly screening,” said district nurse Anne Nelson. “Every year we see how our early detection of vision problems has a direct impact on a student’s success in school, affecting both the ability to learn and the enjoyment in learning.”
“We are so lucky to have this helpful collaboration with the Lions Club, so we are able to screen this large volume of students,” Mrs. Nelson said.
The Lions Club, known for its vision-related initiatives, stepped up in 2009 after the county health department stopped doing vision screenings in schools.
In 2015, the club invested in a Welch Allen Spot Vision Screener, a high-tech handheld machine that quickly and accurately detects vision issues. It is less subjective than vision charts and provides much more information, screening for nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, eye misalignment and two types of unequal refractive power.
Nurses can prepare a detailed report on each child to help families decide if they need to see an eye-care professional.