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New technology speeds up school eye testsSubmitted: 11/16/2017
New technology speeds up school eye tests
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Some Crescent Elementary students got their eyes checked Thursday.

But with some new technology, it only took a few seconds.

The Lions Club recently received a $7,000 eye screener from the Lion's Club District 27-C2.

The screener replaces the old way of having young kids read an eye chart, which is handy when some of the kids may be too shy or can't read the alphabet yet.

School District Nurse Kerri Schmidt says the technology doesn't work on adults but works well for the younger students.

"The screener is a device that quickly screens children ages three to first grade by engaging their eyes and then giving a quick pass or fail diagnostic," said Schmidt.

Schmidt teamed up with Lions Club volunteer to do the eye tests.

Lions Club member Harry Helwig says the donated screener has shaved off hours of their time when doing the eye tests.

"We have about 2,500 students in the Rhinelander area and we screen many of them every year or every other year. So, we need the tools and equipment to do that screening," said Helwig.

If the scanner notices something wrong, Schmidt or a Lion's Club member can't diagnose the student, only suggest they see an eye professional.

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