Free vision screenings, amusement park rides for kids June 21

06/16/14  Portland, Ore.

Children ages 3 to 7 qualify for this important screening

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Free vision screenings, amusement park rides for kids ages 3 to 7.


Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to noon


Oaks Park Pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland


As many as 15 percent of all preschoolers have an undetected vision problem that requires treatment with glasses. A new Oregon law, which goes into effect July 1, mandates that all children entering kindergarten in fall 2014 show proof of vision screening.

The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health & Science University’s Casey Eye Institute is hosting a carnival and free vision screenings for children ages 3 to 7 in collaboration with the Oregon State Elks Association, Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Lions. Children who are screened for vision problems June 21 will receive a free wristband that can be used for Oaks Park amusement park rides. Trained vision screeners from the Oregon Elks and the Oregon Lions will perform the screenings.

In addition to free vision screenings, Saturday’s event will offer carnival games, balloons, clowns and face painting. Free hotdogs will be offered to the first 200 participants.

This vision screening event is part of a statewide initiative called See to Read, which aims to detect vision problems that can only be treated successfully if caught before age 7. Additional vision screening events will be held at participating public libraries throughout the state of Oregon.