WAUKEE — Iowa KidSight, a vision screening program of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, will be offering a free vision screening for children six months of age through kindergarten.
The screening, conducted by members of the Waukee Lions Club, will be held at the Waukee Family YMCA on Monday, Jan. 21 from 9-11 a.m. and from 3-6 p.m. Parents will need to sign a release form before their child can be screened.
“As a new and growing Lions Club, we are proud to be focusing our efforts on the Iowa KidSight vision screening program,” said Clint Cole, Waukee Lions Club president. “As adults, it’s hard for us to know when children aren’t seeing things clearly, so these screenings are a great way to get their vision tested and get these kids the help and resources they need from the experts at the University of Iowa.”
Parents of children entering kindergarten through third grade are required to provide proof their child has completed an approved vision screening as a result of Iowa Legislation passed in 2013. This requirement is an important step in making sure all children are seeing properly. An Iowa KidSight Screening is one approved option to meet this requirement.
After KidSight screenings are complete, the results are interpreted by specialists with the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. If a potential vision problem is detected, parents or guardians receive a letter of referral as well as a list of local ophthalmologists and optometrists.
To ensure there are no obstacles in getting to an eye care professional and to ensure the screening program is referring appropriately, follow-up will be conducted for any child being referred.
For more information on the KidSight screening event, contact Waukee Lions Club president Clint Cole at Colezy24@gmail.com.