The Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation (OLSHF), the nonprofit arm of the Lions Clubs of Oregon, is partnering with Lions clubs and schools to help children in need of vision and hearing screenings statewide.

Volunteers will visit Banks Elementary and Free Orchards Elementary in Cornelius later this month to screen children for vision and hearing problems.

The Mobile Health Screening Program is part of the nonprofit's 2020 Vision campaign that aims to have all Oregon school-aged children in kindergarten, first-, third-, and fifth-grades screened annually for vision and hearing problems.

For vision screenings, OLSHF uses state-of-the-art photo screeners that capture detailed information from a single snapshot of a child's eye. This results in less error, especially among non-native English-speaking, pre-verbal, shy and hyperactive children. OLSHF will help save the long-term vision of 5 percent of screened children who suffer from amblyopia, a degenerative eye condition that must be detected early.

The Mobile Health Screening Program is the only free health screening program of its kind in Oregon and will serve approximately 70,000 Oregonians this year — 95 percent of them children. For students in particular, early detection is vital. The MHSP provides early detection of sight and hearing difficulties that may impact a student's ability to learn.

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