KidSight Colorado is a project of the Lions Clubs of Colorado which provides vision screening for young children and education to parents about the importance of good vision in children. Vision screening is provided free of charge to children ages two to six throughout the state of Colorado.
The KidSight Colorado state program officially began in 2001, thanks to a Four-Core grant received from Lions Club International (LCI). The program uses vision screeners including the Plusoptix screener and the Welch Allyn SureSight photoscreener which provides state-of-the-art technology. Portable and simple to use, these screeners do not require verbal interaction with the child, making it especially suitable for pre-verbal and difficult-to-screen children.
The number of children screened has grown from 6,000 in 2004 to more than 32,900 in our last fiscal year. Undetected vision problems, if left untreated can lead to Amblyopia (lazy eye), which is the leading cause of vision loss in children. The current goal for KidSight Colorado is to screen 35,000 kids yearly, which represents 50% of the children born each year in Colorado.
In the 2012-2013 year KidSight screened 32,968 children. 4,020 children were referred to eyecare professionals for follow-up care.
April is Volunteer Thank You Month!
We are so grateful and want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our KidSight Colorado volunteers. You are the heart and soul of the program. With your hard work we have been able to screen more than 32,000 children since July 1, 2013. Whether you have screened 10 children or 4,000 (yes, we have volunteers that screen that number in a year!) we want you to know that we appreciate you. We will be recognizing all of our volunteers and honoring an outstanding volunteer from each of the districts in Colorado as well as the outstanding club of the year at the Lions State Convention in Colorado Springs on May 17. We hope to see you there!