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SPOT vision screener purchased by Lions clubs for Huron public schools

Modified: Monday, Jan 20th, 2014

Pictured From L to R : Sheron Chapman with the Lioness’, Graham Smith representing the Eye Opener Lions Club, Huron Middle School Nurse Rita Baszler, along with Greg Peck and Art Zambrano from the Noon Lions club were on hand recently as the clubs presented checks for the purchase of a SPOT vision screener that Baszler is holding. PHOTO BY SHILOH APPEL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The local Lions Clubs made a donation to the Huron Public School District toward the purchase of a SPOT vision screener on Wednesday. 

The Eye Openers,  The Noon Club, and The Lioness’ gave a combined $1,000 to help off-set the cost of the vision screening tool purchased in July. 

Last year, the school district borrowed one of eight machines that the state-wide Lions Organization had purchased as part of a preschool screening grant program.

The Huron school nurses screened 1,500 students in a three week period and were amazed at the accuracy, ease and speed of the SPOT.

The machine screens six different areas that may indicate the need for a full vision exam by a doctor.   The child does not have to speak in order for the screen to take place.

According to the website www.spotvisionscreening.com SPOT is powered by sophisticated technology that quickly detects the indication of the following vision issues:

• Near-sightedness (myopia).

• Far-sightedness (hyperopia).

• Unequal refractive power (anisometropia).

• Blurred vision, eye structure problem (astigmatism).

• Pupil size deviations (anisocoria).

• Eye misalignment (strabismus).

In just seconds, Spot provides a comprehensive, reliable analysis that enables informed decision making about the need for follow-up diagnosis.

“This is a huge benefit for the district because one in three students speak English as their second language,” said Huron school nurse, Rita Baszler, “It has also proven beneficial for our students who are non-verbal.” 

The SPOT is approved for ages 6 months and older. The camera takes a picture of the inner eye, computes the picture into numbers, and tells the screener if the student needs to be referred for a full exam by the doctor.

“The school nurses are extremely pleased with the SPOT screener and appreciate being able to use it in the school district,” said Baszler. “Being able to see clearly when trying to learn can be the difference between success and frustration.”


For the complete article see the 01-19-2014 issue.

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