Young children often struggle to explain what or how they see. If they have a vision problem, it can be even more difficult because they may not be able to distinguish individual leaves on trees or words on paper. A vision screening can identify issues when a child cannot recognize or describe a problem. Iowa KidSight, a vision-screening program of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, offers free vision screenings for children 6 months old through kindergarten.

Vision screenings are performed by Lions Club volunteers in communities throughout Iowa by taking a photo of a child’s eyes with a specialized camera. After screenings are complete, the results are interpreted by vision specialists at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. If a potential vision problem is detected, parents will receive a referral letter and a list of local ophthalmologists and optometrists to contact for further eye care.

Early detection and treatment of a vision problem can prevent amblyopia (lazy eye). It can also make a difference in a child’s ability to learn and excel.

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  • Iowa KidSight
    University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
    Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    2431 Coral Court, #5
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 319-353-7616 (phone)
    • 319-467-5091 (fax)
    • (email)