The Oak Ridge Lions Club provides free vision screening in local day care centers and schools for children beginning starting at 12 months of age.  The screening can detect eye disorders that can lead to serious eye problems and/or blindness, at an early age when treatment is most effective.  The process is very non-invasive which makes it ideal for use with young children.

Lions use an instrument that detect a range of vision disorders, including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misaligned eyes), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), media opacities (cataracts, etc.), myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (curved lens, light not sharp on the retina).  Those screened who have potential eye problems are referred to eye care professionals for a more detailed examination and follow-up.

Fall 2023 screenings include Oak Ridge Pre-School, Linden Elementary, Willow Brook Elementary, Woodland Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, Robertsville Middle School, and St. Mary’s School.  From August through October 2023, we have screened 770 children!