Lions Club purchases PediaVision SPOT tester - Star Exponent: Local News

Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lions Club purchases PediaVision SPOT tester

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:45 pm | Updated: 6:06 am, Sun Feb 2, 2014.

Culpeper preschoolers, kindergartners and children with special needs will now have a chance to get their vision checked early, thanks to a device purchased by the Dawn Lion’s Club.

The Culpeper Dawn Lions Foundation, through a VFW donation and a matching grant from Virginia Lions Sight and Hearing, purchased a PediaVision SPOT – which allows the group to check the eyesight of children that can’t read.

"This is for preschoolers and kindergartners," Dawn Lions Club member Pat Aitken said. "They don't have to read anything."

Aitken and her husband Sam noticed a need for the device while working with the Lions Club while testing the vision of elementary students in Culpeper County.

The device is based on photo-retinoscopy, where infrared light is used to scan the focus of both eyes simultaneously.

Once childrens’ eyes dilate, Aitken explained, they look at a little "birdie" as a tester stands about one-meter away. The program registers within one or two seconds and gives a report with all the information needed.

"If they have an astigmatism, if they have bad sight, this is what the doctors would need to get them glasses," Aitken said. "There are doctors’ offices in Fauquier that have these, but to my knowledge this is the only one in Culpeper."

The organization has already tested 31 children at Culpeper Christian School and did so within an hour and 10 minutes.

Purchased in the spring, the Lions Club is just now implementing testing and are asking area preschools to sign up for the program. It’s completely free and all that is required is a dark room for testing purposes.

Aitken said the device can be used for children as young as six months and the youngest they’ve tested so far is 10 months.

The group also did a testing at the Santa breakfast in Remington of 35 children, with five referrals.

"This is part of the sight and hearing, we really want to get someone involved with it so people know that it's there," Aitken said.

Five Lions Club members are trained on the device, which cost $8,000.

If anyone in the community is interested in setting up an appointment for testing, contact the Aitkens at 547-2654.

Click to submit a letter to the editor

Follow us on Facebook

Now Enrolling!
Epiphany Catholic Now Enrolling! Sign up now and register for the 2014-2015 school year.  Pre-K programs available.  Visit website or call today! 
Visit your local Commonwealth community today
Visit your local Commonwealth community today.
Call Graystone Homes Today!
Graystone Homes is best known for our high-end custom homes and renovations - but that's not all we do! Call Graystone today at 540-825-1600 to schedule an appointment and learn more. 
Free Estimate
Contact Craig Construction today for a FREE estimate!
5% OFF at Culpeper Window & Siding
5% OFF at Culpeper Window & Siding. (Cannot be combined with any other offer.)
Avery Square Townhome Community
Stop by today and check out the Avery Square Townhome Community - a new community of luxury townhomes with resort-style amenities that is unique to Charlottesville.! Townhomes starting at just $274,900.