Maryville Lions Club performs free vision screening for young children in Blount County.

Lions ScreeningOur local club is one of the few chapters in the area that still perform (free of charge) the majority of eye screenings (Operation KidSight) in our local area. We offer screenings to all daycares and headstarts in the Blount county area, as well as to all Maryville and Alcoa School system pre-schoolers/kindergarteners up to age six.

After acquiring parental consent, we go on location to screen children, using special Vision Equipment approved by Vanderbilt. We confidentially record these results which are sent directly to Vanderbilt for review and follow-up.

Q: What ages do you screen?
A:  Generally we screen children ages 1 – up to age 6, but when there is suspicion of a possible vision issue, we gladly screen an older child. 

Q: How is your screening different than what the school nurse does?
A:  Most school nurses use an eye chart to gauge how well a child can see in general. We use special equipment to detect vision disorders (such as amblyopia) that can lead to blindness, and have our results processed by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. 

Q: Can you screen my child if he doesn’t go to any
daycare
or preschool?
A: Yes! Contact us and we’ll let you know where/when. 

Q: How does a daycare schedule a screening?
A: We reach out to any facility that cares for children up to age 6, but sometimes new facilities pop up under our radar (and once in a while our requests go unresponded). If you are a childcare director, let us know you would like to schedule a screening. If you are a parent, ask the coordinator of your child’s daycare to reach out to us. If that isn’t possible, contact us directly and we will let you know where/when you can take your child.  

Q: What can I do if my child was absent when you screened his/her daycare?
A: Contact us and we’ll let you know where/when. We don’t want to miss any child! 

Q: Do you have a list of sites where you regularly screen?
A: All of our scheduled screenings appear on our club calendar.  

We also assist in state-required vision acuity testing in schools.

Reese on charts 2Our local club volunteers also assist local schools in performing state-required visual acuity testing for 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students. This testing also includes color blindness testing for all entering kindergarten students.
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Maryville Lions Club also provide free eyeglassesadvocate for no cost eye surgery when needed, and provide many other services locally and abroad.