CENTRAL CLUB FOCUS-"EYEGLASS AND EYE EXAM SUPPORT PROGRAM"
SPOT ONE VISION SCREENING PROGRAM
QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS
A major project for the Wytheville Lions Club is “Sight and Hearing Screening”. Our Club performs screenings in our Public Schools, Private schools, and Daycare Centers. Additionally, we perform screenings for the general public at “Health Fairs” and other public events. The Lions Screening Team doesn’t enter the Vision Screening Project “blindly”.
First, we come under the umbrella of the Lions KidSight USA Foundation which is a nationwide vision screening authority focused on safeguarding the vision of our nation’s youth. We are required to successfully pass a vision screening course administered by this Foundation and be proficient in using the state of art digital screening equipment employed.
Secondly, we follow the Code of Virginia 22.1-273, which states the Policies and Procedures for screening students in our Public-School System. In addition to the operational standards set by the State, we also adhere to the credentialing process outlined for the screening personnel. Each screener maintains a folio that must contain the following: 1. Proof of training and certification on using vision screening equipment; 2. Documentation of a negative tuberculosis screening; 3. A “clear” background check from the Registry maintained by Department of Social Services; 4. A “clear” background search of the Central Criminal Records exchange of the FBI.
Thirdly, on the local level, we coordinate the scheduling and execution of the screenings in the Public-School System with the Head Nurse in Wythe and Bland Counties. At each school, we work under the direction of the Principal and School Nurse at the respective schools.
WHO DO WE SCREEN?
Private Day Care Centers and Preschools : Age 6 months through 5 years of age.
Public and Private Schools : Pre-K and K; Grade 2 or 3; Grade 7; Grade 10.
Additionally, we screen any child that has a special request by a parent, teacher or nurse.
Public Event Settings: All adults or any child that has permission by a parent or guardian.
WHY WE SCREEN
The sooner the Better. Certain vision problems can lead to a condition called amblyopia or “lazy eye”. Amblyopia becomes permanent after age 7. The learning experience is enriched when vision and hearing problems are corrected in a timely manner. Finally, in keeping with our motto - WE SERVE. Note: Financial assistance is available to those that qualify.
LION'S LEADERDOGS FOR THE BLIND
The Wytheville Lions Club continues to support the LeaderDogs Program..