Oklahoma Lions KidSight is a statewide Lions project under a nationwide Kid’s Sight Foundation that strives to safeguard the vision of children aged 6 months through 6 years.
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So if a child can’t see well, he/she can’t learn well. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then, it may already be too late. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7.
Oklahoma Kid’s Sight started here with a small Embridge Foundation grant in 2014 under the leadership of Tom Cummings. This grant was to purchase one vision screening camera for a pilot program. Since then, Lions have purchased an additional 4 cameras and have screened over 5200 children in this state alone.
Lions in the USA screen over a million kids per year through state-wide and local programs known as “KidSight.” Lions KidSight USA is a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen preschool and school age kids. The concentration is on children aged 6 months to 6 years in order create a coordinated national program.