Vision Screenings

Did you know that 80% of what a child learns comes through the visual system? And did you know that almost 25% of school age children have vision problems? This means that the earlier a vision issue is detected, the sooner the child can have their eyesight corrected. A child who does not see well will experience little success in school until the problem is addressed. The Center for Vision Loss takes this issue seriously and focuses on providing free vision screenings for children at pre-schools, day care centers, kindergarten registrations and other community locations to improve their readiness for school. Older children can also be screened.

Our vision screeners use the state-of-the-art SPOT vision screening equipment by Welch Allyn. Using this hand-held auto refractor, our screeners can now test a child’s eyes in 5 seconds and the equipment provides a computer print-out of the test results. Using SPOT enables our screeners to reach many more children more quickly, especially those who are 6 months to 6 years old and those who may have language, hearing  or other physical challenges which make regular testing more difficult.  We are pleased to say that our vision screening program has been endorsed by the Lehigh County Medical Society and by various eye care professionals including Dr. Mark Trachtman, Lehigh Valley Eye Specialists, Allentown.

“I would highly recommend having the Center for Vision Loss come to your facility. It’s a free and effective tool to help children and partents detect an early vision problem which [would] have gone several years before detecting…The test is so easy for preschoolers.”
Tracy Leszcynski, Wesley’s Circle of Friends Preschool, Bethlehem.

“I wanted to extend my thanks for your vision screening program at my daughter, Devon’s pre-school. We had no idea that she was having vision problems because she never mentioned having any difficulties. If the screening had not been conducted, we may have missed her condition and the window to treat it before it was too late…”
Toni Bush, parent, Hildebrant Learning Center, Scotrun

So whether you are a parent/guardian, teacher, school nurse or the administrator of a facility such as a pre-school or day care center, remember that our vision screening programming will check all of your boxes:
-Our SPOT vision screening equipment makes the screening process as easy as taking a picture.
-SPOT meets American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Guidelines, is approved for use by the PA Department of Education, and has been endorsed by the Lehigh County Medical Society and many local pediatric opthalmologists.
-Our screenings meet the health and wellness requirements for Keystone Stars.
-All children screened receive referral results and personal follow-ups.
-Our Community Outreach Specialists are certified to screen by the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and all screeners have current FBI and PA Child Abuse Clearances.
-Staffs of child education facilities are also encouraged to be screened.

Our vision screeners also provide a limited number of adult vision screenings so they can continue to be aware of healthy vision. These screenings can be conducted at continuing care facilities or community functions such as health fairs.

-In Lehigh County-Dawn Sellers at 610-433-6018 x 244 /
-In Northampton County-Ruthie Asmus at 610-433-6018 x 232 /
-In Monroe County-Katie Moro at 570-992-7787 /

Ruthie Asmus, vision screener, screens the vision of a pre-schooler using the SPOT.
SPOT equipment

C. Well Bunny Goes to School is an educational program for little learners designed specifically to accompany vision screenings. Developed by Center for Vision Loss staff, this 20-minute interactive presentation begins with a reading of The Eye Book by Dr. Suess. The wonderful large brown rabbit that appears in the book becomes our C. Well Bunny, a friendly rabbit hand puppet who shares his six basic eye safety and eye care tips in an entertaining, easy-to-understand format. C. Well is the perfect character to make youngsters aware of the importance of their eyes and introduce vision screenings in a non-threatening way.


Eyes in the Library was created by the Center for Vision Loss’s Community Outreach Department to present eye health and safety in a fun non-school environment that also focuses on the importance of literacy in everyday life. Various kinds of interactive components such as a scavenger hunt or trying your hand at optical illusions are offered based on the age of the audience: pre-school children, early elementary students and late elementary students.

See the contact list, above, to book a program, find out more about the programs listed here or to discuss an idea for a program to better fit your needs.

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