There are more than 59,000 children under age 5 in SouthDakota, and South Dakota Lions are launching a statewide program to provide vision screening for more than 13,000 preschoolers.
The program will use new technology devices to quickly and easily detect vision issues ranging from near and far-sightedness to astigmatisms and eye misalignment.
The goal is to detect vision disorders in children before they reach six years of age, helping to bolster their capacity to learn, adapt, and develop throughout childhood.
Lions plans to purchase eight devices to be strategically placed across the state so that every club will have access to screening equipment. Details, of course, need to be worked out, but the screenings will be provided by trained personnel.
The South Dakota Lions Foundations is asking every Lion in the state -- and their clubs -- to commit their support for the Lions of South Dakota Preschool Vision Screening Program initiative.
The Preschool Vision Screening program will launch this coming spring and summer. We'll keep you posted as the initiative unfolds!