Youth Vision Screening
The Plymouth School District – with help from the Lions – provides vision screening for students in 4K, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades, in addition to any students referred by staff or parents.
In 2018, 678 district students were screened, with 21 of them referred to eye-care professionals for further evaluation.
The Lions Club, long 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.
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