During the week of Nov. 18 to 22, the Dalles Lions and Leo’s (youth branch of Lions) screened over 750 first, third and fifth grade students during the annual sight screening.
Students attending Colonel Wright Elementary, St. Mary’s Academy, Chenowith Elementary, Dry Hollow Elementary, and Mosier Community schools were the first students screened with the newest leading edge technology.
The SPOT vision analyser takes a picture of the inside of the eye revealing near-sightedness, far-sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, eye structure problem, pupil size deviations, and eye misalignment. In just a few seconds, the SPOT vision screening provides a comprehensive, reliable analysis that enables informed decision-making about the need for a follow-up diagnosis.
This year, students ranging in ages 6 to 15 years old were also screened for stereophonic depth perception.
Schools will be in direct contact with parents to seek additional professional diagnosis. Financial assistance will be available for parents struggling financially.
Parents are encouraged to contact any Lion’s member for more information or find the Lions online at www.thedalleslions.org.