Two people use screener with child

Lions Club members Kathy Dimig and Mike McKenzie use a Welch Allen Spot Vision Screener to evaluate student Lincoln Zirbel’s vision

Lions help with vision screening

Posted December 10, 2018

For the ninth year, Plymouth Lions Club volunteers spent hours screening 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, 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.

The school district takes a special interest in the vision and hearing of students as both are essential for learning and making good progress in school. In addition to vision screening, the district also screens the hearing of every 4K student and any other students referred by staff.

Learn more:
• Explore the Community Engagement section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about the numerous opportunities for community members to help our students.