Screening device will help Lions detect eyesight issues

The Half-Helen Foundation recently purchased a Spot Vision Screener by Welch Allyn with grant funding awarded by the Atheron Family Foundation for the Lions Clubs of Maui to use in providing free, preventive vision screenings for preschool and school-age students in Maui County.

Vision Screening Chair Leo Polo expressed his appreciation to Half-Helen Foundation for the new screening device and stated that the Spot Screener will enable the Lions to screen students more accurately, in less time, and provide schools with timely reports so students who failed the test can get medical attention quickly.

The Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener is a hand-held portable device designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues from 6 month olds to adults. It screens both eyes at once from a distance of three feet. The touch-screen display allows for one-touch activation, simple management of patient data entry, and easy configuration for both vision screening and autorefraction applications.

The camera supports American Academy of Pediatrics screening guidelines for early detection of amblyopic risk factors. It is able to capture readings 97 percent of the time, helping to screen otherwise difficult patients. It also uses lights and sounds to help engage children.


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