In the 2013-2014 year KidSightColorado screened 37,548 children. 5,082 children were referred to eyecare professionals for follow-up care.
Are Computers, Smartphones and Digital Devices
Bad for Children's Vision?
It used to be that parents worried about eye problems when a child was reading in the dark, holding a book too close or reading too long. Today’s kids use lots of technology at home and schools are using technology in the classroom such as computers, interactive whiteboards and digital devices. Many parents worry about the amount of screen time their children have and want to know if it can affect their child’s vision.
As long as parents apply commonsense rules regarding how much time a child spends using one of these devices they shouldn’t worry about these devices causing problems with vision. So far no evidence based study has found that new technology itself causes vision problems other than eye fatigue.
Lions of the USA are pleased to announce Lions KidSight USA, a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children aged 6 months through 6 years. The Colorado Lions KidSight Program is a founding member of Lions KidSight USA.
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So if a child can’t see well, he can’t learn well. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then, it may already be too late. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7.
Lions in the USA already screen more than 500,000 kids per year through state-wide and local programs often known as “KidSight.” Lions KidSight USAis a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen kids from 6 months to 6 years of age in order create a coordinated national program.
Our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly. To do this, we will work with Lions to increase the number of screening programs around the country in order to reach more children when it is possible and where it is needed.
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