A new tool for detection children’s vision problems could soon be available though the Pratt Lions Club.
Sylvia Reinhardt, of the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation, will demonstrate “Pedia-Vision” to the Pratt Lions club at their April 23 meeting, said Pratt Lion and District Governor Linda Looney.
Also on hand to watch the demonstration will be Lions Past District Governor Mel Barnett of the Hutchinson Breakfast Lions Club.
The examination takes from 15 to 30 seconds and both eyes can be checked at the same time. The machine is from 12 to 14 inches away from the child’s face so it isn’t intimidating. It can be used on children as young as 6 months all the way up to people 20 years old.
After the examination, the machine produces a readout. If it indicates a vision issue, the Lions club will refer the family to an eye doctor and provide the readout as well.
To assist with the demonstration, Looney is lining up three volunteer children between the ages of 2 and 4. The demonstration will take place about 12:30 p.m. at the Wednesday meeting, April 23.
The goal of the project is to make certain that every child in Pratt County has the opportunity for a screening. The sooner a child is screened, the sooner a problem can be detected and corrected.
If the Pratt Lions decide to take on this project, they will need a little help to pay for the unit that costs from $7,200 to $7,300.
Right now, Pratt Lions have about $1,000 for the project and they are looking for community donations to get this project off the ground. Anyone wanting to donate can contact Looney at 388-2015 or Steve Hedrick, Pratt Lions secretary/treasurer at 672-2523.
Looney has seen the unit in action and is very pleased with its capabilities. She said once the Lions see what it could do, they will want to get a unit to Pratt.
“I am amazed with it,” Looney said.
The machine is easy to use and Lions club members will be trained to operate the equipment.
The plan is to make the machine available for people who can’t afford to go to an optometrist. The screenings will be free of charge and available at various locations. It is portable and can be taken to schools, day care centers and could even be used at the Hope Center, Looney said.
She wants to coordinate use of the machine with the USD school nurses and with Debbie McGraw, director of public health.
The machine could also be set up at a certain location for a day for screening.
Pedia-Vision is part of the ongoing Lions Club efforts to provide better vision for the community. It will compliment their eyeglass recycle program.