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Newsfront - April 4, 2008

The eyes have it

Assistance League volunteers screen preschoolers' vision

If your preschooler came home talking about getting his eyes checked recently, he may have been one of those throughout the area who was screened by Assistance League of Diablo Valley in its Foresight program. Screening has already taken place at Autumn Creek Learning Center, Fountainhead Montessori, Danville Montessori School, Bianchi Preschool, and Community Presbyterian Preschool.

The primary purpose of vision screening at this young age is to detect amblyopia or "lazy eye," a condition in which a child becomes used to seeing with only one eye due to a vision problem with the other. Unless detected and treated early, vision in the unused eye may fail to develop normally.

Children do not realize how they should see and there is no outward physical appearance that would cause a parent to recognize the problem. In 2007, Foresight volunteers identified 12 preschool students with vision problems. Undetected, they might not have been able to see in one eye for the rest of their lives.

Foresight provides vision and hearing screening for preschool children in Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill. Danville volunteers are Virginia Arezone, Sue Burchfield, Patty Foreman, Joan Kaufmann, Lesley Salo, Sandy Smith and Yolande Smith, who were trained and certified by Prevent Blindness of Northern California and Child Health and Disability Prevention, a division of Children's Medical Services of California.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley has eight hands-on philanthropic programs; their primary source of funding is the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette. Call 934-0901 or visit