Posted at: 08/19/2013 4:19 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2013 6:51 PM
Shining a new light on the health of the city's children. The Rochester Downtown Lions Club held a vision testing event Monday for young children at the Maplewood Community Library.
Mayor Tom Richards was even on hand to help out with the screenings. The children, between the ages of one and five, are mostly children of immigrants who recently moved to the Rochester area.
Joe Gorman, Rochester Lions Club, said, "These children wouldn't be diagnosed until much later, after about 7-years-old. They have an adult eye and it is much more serious."
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards said, "Here's kids just ready to start school and if they go to school with a vision problem, they are going to be behind right off the get go. It's perfectly possible where they come from and given their circumstances that they have a vision problem and don't know about it."
If any of the children are found to have vision problems during the screenings, they're then sent to the Flaum Eye Institute, Jordan Health Center or ABVI for follow-up care.