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Alexandria Lions Cubsight Program

Free Eye Screening for Young Children

The Alexandria Lions Club Cubsight Program, in conjunction with the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation is designed to reduce the incidence of vision abnormalities in pre-school children through early detection, referral, and treatment. Undetected and untreated vision problems during this first three years of life can prevent proper development of the brain's binocular function, resulting in amblyopia or lazy eye. In fact, amblyopia is the leading cause of monocular blindness.

Most children under five years of age either never have their vision checked, or they are tested with a method that often fails to detect serious eye problems. Most children do not have their eyes tested until they enter school and are old enough to read an eye chart. By then, it is often too late for the most effective treatment.

The Alexandria Lions Club Cub Sight Program provides this service free of charge to local child care/school facilities. Our trained volunteers utilize the Welch Allyn SureSight Digital instrument to accomplish this non-invasive procedure while the child stands with one of our volunteers under the supervision of the child day-care/school facility personnel.

Digital readings of both eyes are then sent to be diagnosed by our staff ophthalmologist at our Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation processing Facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. This screening is approximately 85-90% effective in detecting problems that can cause decrease in vision. It also screens for near and far sightedness, Anisometropia (unequal vision), cataracts and other media opacities, and strabismus (misaligned eyes).

Results are then forwarded back to the child-care facility from Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation personnel with a pass or refer recommendation. Should your child pass, there is nothing further to be done. Should the screening detect an abnormality, you will have the test results and be recommended to have your child see a local eye professional at your convenience.

Each year the Alexandria Lions Club Volunteers screen approximately 1500 children with around 9% (135 children), needing further professional eye care by a local ophthalmologist or optometrist.

The Alexandria Lions Cubsight Program is sponsored by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, and the Louisiana Office of Public HealthOur program is conducted under the supervision of The Louisiana Eye Foundation Cubsight Coordinator Jeff Robinson. He may be contacted toll free at; 1-866-282-7483.

Louisiana Lions Cubsight Program

825 Kaliste Saloom Road

Bld. III- Suite 100

Lafayette, LA 70508


 

 

 


Alexandria Lions Club Members volunteer to conduct eye screenings!
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