Vision Screenings

Tennessee Lions Eye Center Outreach

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The Lions of Tennessee, Multiple District 12 have teamed up with the Department of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, committed to a goal of providing quality eye care for children statewide.

Lions Clubs across the state committed to raising over $4 million for an effort named “Operation KidSight”.  This project created the Tennessee Lions Eye Center (TLEC) at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, a pediatric ophthalmology center.  The staff consists of pediatric ophthalmologists and others specially trained to provide quality eye care to infants and children.

From the beginning, an important part of this unique partnership has been the Tennessee Lions Eye Center Outreach Program, the “clinic without walls”, a program of free screening of young children in their own neighborhoods, with evaluation and follow-up by professionals at TLEC.

Leading the program are the medical director at TLEC who is responsible for the scientific integrity, and the outreach director who manages implementation of the program.  Trained Lions Club volunteers screen children from 12 months up to 72 months of age in their own neighborhoods at nursery schools, day care centers, kindergartens, Head Start and similar programs.  The purpose of the screening is to detect eye disorders that can lead to serious eye problems and/or blindness, at an early age when treatment is most effective.  The process is very non-invasive which makes it ideal for use with young children.

Lions use an instrument that detect a range of vision disorders, including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misaligned eyes), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), media opacities (cataracts, etc.), myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (curved lens, light not sharp on the retina).  The instrument’s readings are attached to parent consent forms and sent to Vanderbilt for evaluation by physicians, after which results are transmitted to the parents.  Those screened who have potential eye problems are referred to ophthalmologists or optometrists in their area for a more detailed examination, and TLEC staff follows-up with parents to help ensure those children get care.

The free TLEC Outreach Program has received international recognition, and has been well-received by Tennessee communities from its beginning in June 1997.  This service project resulted in over 200,000 children being screened by Tennessee Lions through 2006, with 4.8% of those children being referred for further evaluation.

By helping ensure that all children in Tennessee have good vision to help them meet their dreams, the Tennessee Lions are fulfilling our mission!


Vision Screening Data

Statewide screening results for Calendar Year 2010 for Tennessee clubs were 37,903 children screened (versus 35,826 in 2009). Clubs in District 12-N screened 11,688 in 2010 or 31% of the total screenings state-wide.  September was a record month for screenings with 10,620 children screened of which 2,727 were screened in District 12-N.

Screenings by Month 2010

Month

Sessions

Screened

Referred

% Referred

Jan

64

2,065

77

3.73

Feb

98

2,560

118

4.61

Mar

114

2,862

131

4.58

Apr

70

2,174

127

5.84

May

71

1,918

117

6.10

Jun

18

549

43

7.83

Jul

72

1,247

102

8.18

Aug

76

2,950

167

5.66

Sep

296

10,620

680

6.40

Oct

123

4,397

261

5.94

Nov

143

5,332

269

5.05

Dec

40

1,229

62

5.04

TLEC-Yr

Yr Tot’s

1,185

37,903

2,154

5.68

 

KidSight Outreach Vision Screening Statistics

Year

Sessions

Screened

Referred

% Referred

6/1-12/31/97

33

980

66

6.73

1998

518

9,203

600

6.52

1999

800

13,707

738

5.38

2000

766

13,873

603

4.35

2001

1,114

29,371

1,327

4.52

2002

930

25,392

1,164

4.58

2003

1,031

27,088

1,047

3.87

2004

909

25,061

1,154

4.60

2005

991

28,568

1,193

4.18

2006

1,022

30,688

1,613

5.26

2007

1,045

31,998

1,772

5.54

2008

1,004

34,047

2,230

6.55

2009

1,042

35,826

1,991

5.56

2010

1,185

37,903

2,154

5.68

 Total(s)

12,390

343,705

17,652

5.14

 

 

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