Lions help with vision screening

Posted November 25, 2019

For the 10th year in a row, 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, 661 Plymouth students were screened, with 46 of them referred to eye-care professionals for further evaluation.

“They are so helpful with this huge project every year,” school nurse Anne Nelson said of the Lions. “And we caught so many kids this year again who really will benefit from glasses.”

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, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, eye misalignment, and two types of unequal refractive power.

The Plymouth School District takes a special interest in the vision and hearing of students as both are important for learning and good progress in school. In addition to vision screening, the district also screens the hearing of every 4K student and any other student 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.