Vision screening for children set at mall

March 30, 2001

Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg has partnered with area businesses to raise money for Freedom Area Lions Club to purchase the equipment needed to provide free preschool vision screening to South Carroll.

The first vision screening will be held tomorrow at the Eldersburg mall. More than 40 children have been scheduled to participate in the first of the free monthly vision screenings at the mall. The MTI photo screener is an advanced equipment that provides noninvasive, effective vision screening for children as young as 6 months.

"Generally, children are not screened until they reach school age. One in 20 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years have some form of vision problem. This program can save the sight of these children," said Denise Khouri, general manager of Carrolltown Center.

After the children are screened, the images will be sent to Vanderbilt University for interpretation by a group of professionals. If a potential problem is found, parents will be informed through the Lions Club and further investigation is encouraged.

Carrolltown Center's Play House with a Vision Program will draw the winning entry for the dream playhouse at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales have been donated to the Freedom Area Lions Kidsight Program for the purchase of the MTI Photo screener and materials needed to operate the service.

Information: 410-781-7070.

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