EUGENE, Ore. — A new law now requires all Oregon children age 7 or younger to have their vision screened before starting school or preschool. The purpose is to check for a number of eye diseases that can be treated successfully if caught early.
Free eye exams are available. Eugene Public Library and Springfield Public Library will host free “See to Read” vision screenings for children during the month of August. This service is provided through a partnership among the Oregon State Elks Association, Oregon State Lions Association, and Oregon public libraries.
Screeners use a camera that is non-invasive and takes only a few minutes. “It emits a flash like your standard camera flash. Instantly they can tell based on how the child’s pupil responds to the flash if the child is near-sighted, far-sighted, has astigmatism or something else is going on,” says Lavena Nohrenberg, Eugene Public Library manager.
Here’s a list of the drop-in sessions:
Saturday, August 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bethel Branch (in English and Spanish)
Saturday, August 2, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library
Wednesday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Downtown Library
Thursday, August 14, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Branch.
Springfield Public Library will host drop-in screenings on Saturday, August 2, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 14, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information about See to Read vision screenings click here.