ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation will conduct a vision screening for the students of Dunbar Elementary School (500 Whitehall Terrace SW, Atlanta, GA 30312) on Tuesday, February 23rd from 9:30am – 12:30pm.
Over 350 children will be screened, which will indicate if they are in need of a referral to an eye doctor. Students who do not pass will receive follow-up care, including comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses through the Lighthouse's Vision Clinic and Optical Lab.
Up to 80% of what a child learns in their first 12 years is visual, making the early detection of vision issues vital to their success in and outside of the classroom. For children specifically, vision screenings often identify underlying issues that have attributed to behavioral issues and/or poor academic performance. Additionally, conditions such amblyopia (lazy eye) need to be identified and treated before age 7 to prevent permanent vision loss.
The Lighthouse uses state-of-the-art digital screening devices that are optimized for mass screenings and deliver results in a matter of seconds. Of the screenings conducted by the Lighthouse in the last year, 3 out of 10 resulted in a referral for an eye exam or follow-up care with an eye doctor.
About the Lighthouse
For over 66 years, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation has focused on filling an important gap in our healthcare system: providing vision and hearing services for our neighbors in need. More than just eyeglasses, hearing aids or screenings, our program offering is comprehensive, including complex surgical services and a commitment to follow-up care. The Lighthouse is the only statewide provider of comprehensive vision and hearing services for underserved Georgians, consistently expanding services each year to meet a growing need throughout the state. Our work is made possible through a vast network of volunteer healthcare professionals and partners providing services in all 159 counties in Georgia and allowing us to fulfill our mission: To build a better Georgia by bringing individuals into a world of sight and sound. www.lionslighthouse.org
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