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      Lion's Club provides free vision screenings to Heartland students

      Vision Screenings were held Thursday.

      Bright Beginnings Pre-School is training young children to remain aware of their health conditions.

      Thursday, the Missouri Lion's Club Eye Research Foundation visited the school to conduct eye screenings.

      The foundation has helped thousands of Missourians avoid a lifetime of blindness.

      They tested the children, free of charge, for conditions like, near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatisms.

      Regular examinations help prevent vision complications and diseases.

      ??We do children from 6 months to 6 years of age and what we're looking for is amblyopia, which is lazy-eye and if we catch it before 6 years of age, it can be reversed, but after 6 years it can cause permanent vision loss,?? said Paige O??Keeffe, Eye Examiner for Missouri Lion??s Club Eye Research Foundation.

      In addition to the vision screenings, Bright Beginnings also offers dental and health screenings at the start of each school year.