Understanding Your Child's Vision Results
OLSHF uses a digital photo screener device called Spot (Welch Allyn model VS100) to detect a number of potential eye conditions. It works like a large, digital camera.
A letter with the results of the student's vision screening will be sent home some time shortly after the screening.
If a student did not pass the vision screening, the letter will list the potential condition(s) detected by the SPOT device and a recommendation that the student receive a vision exam by an eye care professional.
Click here for more information about the Lions School Vision Screening program.
Definition of Potential Condition Identified by the SPOT Device
- Anisocoria: a condition characterized by an unequal size of the eye's pupils.
- Anisometropia: a condition in which the two eyes have unequal refractive power; one example of this condition would be if one eye had near-perfect vision and the other eye was near or farsighted.
- Astigmatism: an optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp focused image on the retina. This may be due to an irregular or toric curvature of the cornea or lens.
- Gaze Asymmetry and Gaze Deviation: measurements the SPOT uses to detect strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes. Strabismus is one of the major causes of Amblyopia (commonly referred to as "lazy eye").
- Hyperopia: commonly known as being "farsighted"; a vision issue caused by an imperfection in the eye (often when the eyeball is too short or the lens cannot become round enough), causing difficulty focusing on near objects, and in extreme cases causing as sufferer to be unable to focus on objects at any distance.
- Myopia: commonly known as being "nearsighted"; a condition of the eye where the light that comes in does not directly focus on the retina but in front of it, causing the image that one sees when looking at a distant object to be out of focus, but in focus when looking at a close object.
Financial assistance with an exam and, if needed, eyeglasses or further treatment may be available for low-income families. Contact the health aide or counselor at your student's school to find out if KEX Kids Fund, Sight for Students or other vision resources are available. If your school does not participate in either program, please contact OLSHF directly http://www.oregonoptometry.org/find-an-optometrist/ or ask school staff for a list we provide.
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing
- Please contact the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the SPOT and the results.
- If you need financial assistance with a vision exam and/or eyeglasses, contact SPS Health Services office at 541.744.4131 or the Health Aide at your child's school.