FLATWOODS, Ky. — The Flatwoods Lions Club (FLC) has adopted vision for its 2016 initiative.
The club acquired a KidSight Camera from the state Lions Club to assist with sight preservation of preschool aged children in the area. Members from FLC completed training of the KidSight Camera at the Flatwoods City Building on Monday.
Second District Governor of 43-Y, Tim Hunt and Verna Howell, GMT Coordinator, District 43-Y conducted the training for Flatwoods Lions: Susie Gullett/President, Ron Fields, Jonathon Charles, Luther Grizzle, Wanda Caudill, Pamela Lamblin, Barbara Delaney, Marie Fyffe, Bill Fyffe, and Sandra Ferrer were present.
Mayor of Flatwoods and member of the FLC, said the KidSight program is extremely helpful to parents of preschoolers entering Head Start.
“It was a select few of the members that wanted to participate for KidSight program for preschoolers,” Mayor Fields said. “This gives parents a heads-up on their vision for their little children as they attempt to go to school. It prints out the results, and if they are bad, parents can take the results to the doctor and make an appointment, and that gives the doctor something to work from.”
The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation initiated its KidSight program in 2003. Since then, the program has screened the vision of more than 80,000 children throughout Kentucky.
The focus of KidSight and the screenings is the federal Head Start program. Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children under the age of five by enhancing their social, emotional and cognitive development.
Local Lions are visiting Head Start centers throughout Kentucky to conduct screenings for children who might otherwise not be able to obtain them, according to FLC. All children whose screenings indicate the need for follow-up care are referred to eye health professionals. Head Start staff work to find, secure and coordinate the follow-up care, ensuring that assistance does not end with a vision screening.
While the focus of KidSight is the children in Head Start, it is not limited to this group. The camera is capable of screening anyone between the ages of 2 and 99. These devices are useful in detecting nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eye and other conditions that can be easily corrected if detected early.
For anyone interested in scheduling a screening event, contact Mayor Ron Fields at the Flatwoods City Building at 606-836-9661, or Lion First Vice President Jonathon Charles at 606-923-3583.
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