NABA and the Saratoga Springs Lions Club have formed a collaboration to do KidSight vision screenings in the Saratoga Springs Elementary Schools and the surrounding communities. This week alone 160 kindergarten and first graders where screened, with a potential of 700 over the next couple months. For almost 20 years, NABA has been performing KidSight Vision screenings in a 14 county area having screened about 4000 children last year alone. NABA KidSight Coordinator Kathryn Miklowitz has been with the program since it’s inception. “The screenings are important because it detects the most common causes of vision problems in children, many of which can cause permanent vision loss and effect their learning” says Kathryn.
MEDIA RELEASE: Saratoga Springs School District is taking extra steps to make sure young students succeed at learning by having their vision checked for common causes of vision problems. During January and February, the District is planning to screen almost 700 kindergarten and first grade students using the “KidSight Vision Screening Program”. A collaborative project with the Saratoga Springs Lions Club and the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), KidSight is a nationally acclaimed and endorsed early screening program utilizing the SPOT™ camera.
According to the National Eye Institute, amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in children, affecting approximately 2 -3 out of every 100. Unless it is successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into adulthood. It is also the most common cause of monocular visual impairment among young and middle-aged adults. The SPOT™ screens for risks factors for amblyopia as well as myopia and hyperopia.
Through the collaboration, this free vision screening program can also be held at pre-schools, daycares, kindergartens and special events. The non-invasive screening is as easy as taking a picture of the child’s eyes. Using SPOT™, the exam takes only a few seconds resulting in an immediate report that can be provided to a parent and/or eye care professional. “Uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss. Early detection and treatment are critical…and vision disorders of childhood may continue to affect health and well-being throughout the adult years” according to PreventBlindness.org.
“I firmly believe that the KidSight program is what saved David’s vision” said Lois Bosworth, mother and Director of Tutor Time Learning Center in East Greenbush. “We are so proud to be of service to the Saratoga Springs School District and the community” said Saratoga Lions Sight Committee Chair Cheryl Lawyer. “Early detection of vision problems is so important to early learning and development. Vision preservation is the key mission of Lions Clubs around the world.” NABA is working collaboratively with the Lions New York “SEE” (screen eyes early) Program and Lions KidSight USA to help make sure that all kids get their eyes screened early.
For more information about NABA’s KidSight Vision Screening Program, contact NABA KidSight Coordinator Kathryn Miklowitz at (518)463-1211, firstname.lastname@example.org.