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Wyoming Lions Early Childhood Vision Project|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

A boy sitting on his dad's lap participates in a vision screening.

About the Project

The Wyoming Lions Early Childhood Vision Project is committed to ensuring that all children in the state of Wyoming receive the highest quality vision screening. Local Lions Clubs volunteers and professionals from Child Development Centers conduct vision screening activities with children ages six months to 72 months of age. The screening is conducted using the latest technology and the focus is on identifying possible vision problems that are most common in early childhood. The purpose of vision screening is the early identification and treatment of amblyopia and other vision problems that could lead to amblyopia.

Screening results are given to parents and a summary of the results are returned to the screening site and screening agency. Children who fail the screening are referred to eye care professionals throughout Wyoming and neighboring states for a comprehensive examination and parents/guardians are encouraged to make an appointment. Follow-up services for all referred children are offered through the project. The Wyoming Lions Early Childhood Vision Project is the sole data collection center for the state of Wyoming for early childhood vision screening. This data is used to ensure that effective and efficient screening instruments are used.

For more information about the project, download our brochure.

Mission Statement and Purpose

To conduct uniform vision screening for the purpose of early detection of Wyoming children with vision problems by using uniform screening and referral processes that lead to timely diagnosis and appropriate intervention.

The purpose of vision screening is the prevention of serious vision problems (amblyopia) through early detection. Vision screening should be done annually. Vision screening does not replace the need for a complete eye evaluation by an eye care professional. A child should have an eye exam by an eye care professional by the time he/she is 12 months of age, at three years of age, before entering kindergarten and as recommended by the child's eye care professional.

Project Effectiveness

Wyoming has screened approximately 63,000 children. Over 5,000 of those children have been referred on to an eye care professional. Approximately 2,800 who have received a diagnosis of vision impairment and are undergoing various treatments/corrections. Another 400 children have been diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and are receiving treatment.

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