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Millsboro Lions provide vision screenings for elementary students

January 6, 2019

“It's a butterfly!” That's what most children say when shown the stereopsis test that checks for depth perception.

Each year, the Millsboro Lions test all kindergarten and prekindergarten children at East Millsboro and Long Neck elementary schools to ensure they can see well.

Numbers of children tested continue to increase, and a total of 260 students were tested in 2018. A computerized device known as SPOT is used to check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal pupils and eye misalignment.

Notices are sent home with each child - either stating no issues were uncovered, or that issues warrant a referral to an eye doctor. Many local residents are familiar with the Millsboro Lions Fritter Shack, which is the major fundraiser to provide financial support for those who need help paying for eye exams and glasses.

The Lion members enjoy the interaction with the kids, and school nurses Erica Jester and Barbara Starr are always appreciative of the efforts of the Millsboro Lions Club.