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See to Read: at library, free vision screening for kids

The See to Read Vision Screening Program will be held at the Hood River Library on Aug.19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program offers free vision screenings for children ages 3-7. The Oregon State Lions Association, Oregon State Elks Association, Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health & Science University’s Casey Eye Institute, Hood River Lions and Hood River County Library District provide the financial and volunteer support for the program.

The See to Read Vision Screening Program was created to assist in the vision screening of preschool children in Oregon in response to House Bill 3000, which requires all children entering Kindergarten this fall to have a vision screening test before they begin Kindergarten.

For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org or www.seetoread.net.

The goal of the program is to assist families with a free initial screening, to provide a list of providers in the gorge area who offer eye exams, and to provide documentation of screening results.

Formal vision screening should begin by the age of three. Good vision is essential for proper physical development and educational progress. Early detection provides the best opportunity for effective, inexpensive treatment.

Nearly 15-pecent of children between the ages of three and five have vision problems that require glasses. Most require treatment before the age of sevem to avoid long-term damage. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to a lifetime of unnecessary vision impairment and possible blindness.

The best time to treat children for eye disease is between the ages of three and five years old. Some eye disease, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), is difficult to treat after age seven.

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