El Dorado Lions Club members assisted the school nurse staff with providing vision screening to the preschool, kindergarten and first grade classes at Skelly, Grandview and Jefferson elementary schools.
More than 400 students were screened on Feb. 10 and 11, although the power outage in the schools made the task more challenging on the second day.
The screenings were done using a Welch Allyn Suresight Autorefractor, which allows for the children to be screened for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism without having to tell the screener what they can see. This eliminates uncertainty on just how well the child understands the instructions in other methods.
EL Dorado Lions Club President Gene Lynch worked with USD 490 School Nurse Jeanie Doolitle to bring the Lions Club District S. screening instrument to do the screening.
El Dorado Lions Hazel Lynch, Ron Ryser, Wayne Fowler and Anne Kling all assisted with the screenings. The Welch Allyn SureSight Alutorefractor used was provided by District S. Child Vision Screening Chair PDG Terry Weldin. The children seemed to enjoy “playing the game” to accomplish the screening and all the students were cooperative.
Individuals in El Dorado interested in knowing more about the Lions Child Vision Screening can contact Weldin at email@example.com.