There could be more than 6,000 children between the ages of 1-5 in Kentucky with Amblyopia. Approximately 2 or 3 out of every hundred exhibit this disease, commonly called "lazy eye."
Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. The best time to correct it is during infancy or early childhood. The earlier the problem is detected, the more likely treatment is successful.
The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation has developed a simple and non-invasive screening process to detect the problem and locally, Washington Lions Club volunteers brought it to local schools. The screening is free. The only requirement is a signed parent's consent form.
The local team uses a specialized camera to photograph the child's eyes. These photos are then sent to the Kentucky Eyes Foundation where they are analyzed by professionals at the screening lab. The results are sent to the parents. If a situation is detected that needs a closer look, it is suggested to take their child to an Ophthalmologists or Optometrists where the parent can get their child tested. Parents then work with the provider to determine the treatment (if any) best for the child.