The special test was part of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s Kids Sight program in all schools across the Cayman Islands.
It was also Lions members’ first time using Spot, a state-of-the-art eye screening device from PediaVision to detect early vision disorders in children. Spot is as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera and can screen children from as early as 6 months old.
It takes less than one second to capture the data, and it immediately assesses the data and prints out a report “that indicate whether all measurements are in range or a complete eye exam is recommended,” said Lion Ewan Jacques, who has been trained along with other Lions members to use the program.
It specifically screens for several common vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal refractive power, structural abnormalities and unequal pupil size, Mr. Jacques said.
“The Spot, which will be used at private and public schools throughout the Cayman Islands, allows for quick results, which can be passed on to teachers and parents and saves on doctor’s times,” he added.
Lions President Winston Hale said, “The Lions Club of Grand Cayman is quite pleased to have access to this equipment, which will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the Kids Sight program in the schools.”
The cost of the screening is paid in full by the Lions Club of Grand Cayman with money raised by Lions members in the community and from corporate sponsors.
The Lions Club of Grand Cayman, along with local optometrists, have been conducting vision screenings with school-age children for 37 years.
According to the Lions, each year an increasing number of vision issues have been detected, but the good news is that the conditions were detected early and most were correctable.