Friday, January 22, 2016

Help the Windham Lions vision screen every child

The Windham Lions Club in Maine is raising money to purchase a new Eye Screening Vision Camera. The other camera we have been using for 29 plus years is out dated and uses film, then each picture needs to be forwarded to an eye doctor for evaluation. We have screened every kindergarten student's eyes for the last 29 plus years in the school system. We need to raise $7,000 to replace the old camera. When the new camera, which is digital and give instant results (8 seconds), is purchased, we will be able to screen every child in grades k, 1, 3, 5 and 7. The Windham Lions Club goal is to detect students with eye problems early to help families get the needed services.

Why the Plusoptix? The eye screening machine won the 2014 Reddot award for the ease of use and accurate reporting. The screener delivers proven accuracy and reliability, in less than one second, Plusoptix vision screener detects common vision disorders including: Hyperopia-checks farsightedness, Myopia-check nearsightedness, Astigmatism-checks corneal irregularities, Anisometropia-compares refraction of both eyes, Anisocoria-compares pupil sizes of both eyes, Corneal Reflexes-checks symmetric eye alignment and Strabismus- checks for cross-eyedness. The proven technology is non-invasive and easy-to-use from just 3.3 feet away it can accurately screen children starting at six months old. It provides immediate "pass" or "refer" screening results. The results are displayed on the screen within 8 seconds and then can be printed off and a record is stored for the screening to compare the results.

In 29 years we have screened or rescreened over 4,495 Windham children in the Windham/Raymond School District.

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