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Dubois Schools May Adopt Vision-Screening Program

Last updated on Friday, December 23, 2011

(DUBOIS COUNTY) - The Northeast Dubois County School Corporation is considering adopting an vision-screening program called Operation KidSight.

More than 5,000 Indiana preschoolers have been screened for vision loss since July 2003 thanks to the Operation Kidsight program.

Brenda Ferguson is principal for the elementary schools at both Dubois and Celestine. She says Operation KidSite is a good program.

Dubois and Celestine preschoolers and kindergartners would have their vision tested.

For these screenings, individual Lions Clubs, such as Jasper's, send volunteers to schools to "photo screen" pre-schoolers for vision loss. In the photo screening process, the child's eyes are photographed using a special flash technique, basically a Polaroid picture of the "red eye" reflex with which most photographers are familiar.

Photo screening is 85-90% effective in detecting the problems which can cause reduced vision in children.

The Northeast Dubois School Board will vote at a later date on Operation Kidsight program.

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