"Iowa KidSight" is a joint project of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, dedicated to enhancing early detection and treatment of vision impairments in young Iowa children (target population 6 to 48 months of age) through screening and public education.
Lions Club volunteers throughout Iowa have been trained to organize and conduct free, non-invasive, vision-screening sessions in local communities. The results are interpreted by trained staff in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and returned to families.
The first few years of a child's life are critical in the development of good vision. Problems are not always evident by simply looking at a child. Each day that eye problems go undetected and untreated, a child's vision may deteriorate to the point of irreversibility. The earlier these conditions are detected, the more easily and successfully they can be treated.