Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Free Vision Screening

Hello all. Just checking in.

Yesterday I had a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting in Forest City (about 20 miles away). Madeline and Zella had a great time playing with the kids. There are babysitters for the kids while the mothers have "mom time". We listened to a speaker and then broke out into groups for discussion. Everyone has been so friendly and I really enjoy going.

Madeline started yelling, "Mama...I made new friends! Hooray!" when she saw me. Too cute.

After the meeting the Lions Club screened the kids vision for free. It's a great program where they photograph your child's eyes using a special camera. The photos are sent to the University of Iowa for opthamologists to review. If they see a problem, they contact you and encourage you to see an opthamologist. The program is called Iowa KidSight and it is for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Check out the link above or call (319) 353-7616.

As you know, Zella has a cross-eye, lazy-eye and is very farsighted. If she wouldn't have had the obvious problem of a crossed eye, we may not have known for quite some time about her farsightedness. So I think a program like this is so important. Basically...have your child's eyesight and hearing checked!

Another great program is InfantSee, which is also free. It provides a free assessment to an eye doctor for infants between the ages of 6-12 months. Check out their web site or call toll-free (888) 396-EYES (3937).

Okay, I'm done with my infomercial. I am just so thankful we caught Zella's vision problems so soon. That is not the case for many children! Early detection is key.

More later,