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Kids Sight: Free vision screening


by Danielle Wagner

DIKE (KWWL) Children between the age of six months and six years got free vision screenings.

It's part of a partnership between Lions Clubs and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

"We take pictures of the eye and we send them to Iowa City and they run them through a machine down there, screen them, and tell what kind of problems they're having or gonna have," said Stanley Johnson with the New Hartford Lions Club.

The Lions Clubs of Dike and New Hartford organized the free photo session at the school.

"There are families that don't have the financial resources, but it's very important you identity at an early age for whatever the options are for that child," said Don Gunderson with the Dike Lions Club.

Students who sign up sit in a chair and look at a light on a special camera. Markings show up on the forehead help the photographer line the camera up properly.

The room must be completely dark for the picture taking, and the camera operator goes through about four hours of training to take the pictures correctly. Then, the photos are attached to a sheet of paper and sent to Iowa City for testing.

"Vision screening is very important for students' learning at school. If they can't see and read, and we've had a lot of students that have had problems reading and they get their vision corrected we can see a big improvement," said school nurse Darlys Wiese.

It takes between four to eight weeks to get the vision results back.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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