In the 2013-2014 year KidSightColorado screened 37,548 children. 5,082 children were referred to eyecare professionals for follow-up care.
Why is Vision Screening Important?
The Colorado Lions KidSight Program (KidSight Colorado) touches the lives of thousands of families in Colorado each year. We focus on promoting the health of young children through vision screening and education. Vision screening is a cost effective, child friendly and risk free approach to detecting eye conditions in children. Our goal is to identify vision impairment early in order to link to appropriate eye care services. Early identification of vision problems is critical because the young child needs to be “vision ready” to learn. More than 80% of learning is visual and poor vision can cause poor academic performance, low self-esteem and even limited social and sports involvement.
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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