“It’s a butterfly!”
That’s what most children say when shown the stereopsis test — checking for depth perception — according to Millsboro Lions Club.
Each year, the Millsboro Lions test all kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children at East Millsboro Elementary and Long Neck Elementary schools to ensure they can see well. The numbers of children tested have continued increase as the Indian River School District enrollment numbers increase, with this year totaling 260.
A computerized device known as SPOT is used to check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal pupils and eye misalignment. Notices are sent home with each child — either stating no issues were uncovered, or that issues warrant a referral to an eye doctor.
Local residents may be familiar with the Millsboro Lions Fritter Shack, which is the major fundraiser to provide financial support for those who need help paying for eye exams and glasses. While the Lion members said they enjoy the interaction with the kids, school nurses Erica Jester and Barbara Starr, they said, are always appreciative of the efforts of the Millsboro Lions Club.