Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation free vision screening
Children ages 6 months to 6 years will have access to free vision screenings this weekend. The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation is performing screenings at the St. Louis Science Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The screenings help detect amblyopia, or “lazy eye” as well as other conditions. Amblyopia affects up to 5 percent of children, according to the foundation’s web site, but only 15 percent of children under 5 years old receive an eye exam.
The Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation aims to help prevent blindness by supporting research, community vision programs and eye banking. The organization has screened 240,000 children since 1995, including 7,000 in the St. Louis region last year.
This weekend’s screening will be the organization’s largest free back-to-school screening event. For more information about the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation, go to www.mlerf.org.