Free Vision Screenings for Kids Part of Brooklyn Center Community Health Fair
This weekend in Brooklyn Center offers an opportunity to get kids’ eyes checked before school starts.
Through the KidSight Foundation, the Maple Grove Lions is offering free vision tests for kids ages 6 months to 16 years.
Screenings run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Brooklyn Center Community Health Fair held at Centennial Park.
The tests are touchless and do not use eye drops. It only takes a few seconds to complete.
“If action is taken early enough, it can be corrected,” said Tim Conaway, a KidSight screener and Maple Grove Lions Club member. “At the very least, the child’s vision can be improved through wearing glasses, so it doesn’t impact their learning. Eighty percent of learning is visual.”
The free screening tests a child’s eyes for disorders such as farsightedness or nearsightedness. It also looks for astigmatism, misaligned eyes and conditions like cataracts.
A parent or guardian must fill out a consent form before the child can be screened.
If problems are detected, the screener will give the child a referral to take to an eye care professional.