Lions KidSight

Lions KidSight

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What is Lions KidSight?

Lions KidSight is a vision screening program where local Lions Club volunteers conduct vision screening amongst children in Grade 2 and Grade 6. Screenings are held annually between September through December within schools throughout The Cayman Islands. The program is free thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Lions from the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, local Optometrists and Ophthalmologist.  Funding is also provided by a number of fundraisers such as the Lions Ride For Sight annual fundraising project corporations, foundations and the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.

 

The goals of the project are:

 

  • Objectively screen vision in infants and young children throughout all of the islands – for FREE.
  • Educate the public about the risk of undetected vision loss.
  • Identify ways to sustain vision screening programs of this type.

 

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The Lions KidSight Program detects these vision problems in children:

• Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

• Myopia (Nearsightedness)

• Astigmatism

• Anisometropia (Unequal refractive power)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Why Should My Child’s Vision be Screened?

The first few years of a child’s life are critical in the development of good vision. New research suggests that as many as one in four preschoolers may have a vision problem. Approximately 1 in 20 children develops amblyopia (lazy eye). If not detected early amblyopia prevents the brain from using both eyes together. Treatment is most successful before the age of five or six. Fortunately, a vision screening can provide early detection of vision problems. Early detection and correction can significantly improve a child’s school readiness and ability to learn.

 


 

Wouldn’t I Know if My Child Has a Vision Problem?

Vision problems are not always evident by simply looking at a child. Young children often compensate so well that parents, teachers, and pediatricians can be unaware of any impairment. Some vision problems have even been misdiagnosed as behavioral issues.

 


 

How is Vision Screening Done?

The screening is simple, quick and painless. Local Optometrist volunteers use a special vision screener (auto refractor) to detect eye problems in children. Parents complete a consent form prior to screening.

 


 

What Happens if a Possible Problem is Detected in My Child’s Vision?

Children who fail the vision screening will be referred to an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a full eye examination. It is important to remember that this is only a screening and does not constitute a diagnosis of vision problems.

 

 


Will Insurance or The Lions Club of Grand Cayman Cover Follow-up Exams if My Child is Referred?

Individual health insurance or should cover most exams; however, plans vary and you may need to contact your child’s primary care provider for more information. The Lions Club of Grand Cayman may be able to assist with payment if needed.

 


 

How Much Does it Cost?

The screening is FREE thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, local Optometrists, Ophthalmologist financial support from The Lions Club of Grand Cayman community fundraising efforts, and corporate donors.


 

Who Do I Contact to Have My Child Participate in This Free Vision

Screening Program?

If you are not aware of a screening already scheduled within your school, contact The Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s Lions KidSight Program:

905 Lions Community Center

Red Bay Rd, P.O. Box 1400

Grand Cayman KY1-1110

KidSight0543@gmail.com

or visit us at:

www.lionsclub.ky


 

How Can You Help?

Please consider investing in the future of the children of The Cayman Islands. Your contribution helps us to provide vision screening and follow-up to more children throughout the Islands. Early detection and treatment of vision problems improves a child’s ability to learn and increases school readiness.

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PAYMENT: Lions KidSight Program accepts payments in the form of check. Please make checks payable to Lions KidSight Program,

905 Lions Community Center

Red Bay Rd, P.O. Box 1400

Grand Cayman KY1-1110.