Free Vision Screening for Children

"A Child's Vision Can't Wait"

Free Vision Screening for Children

Number of children screened from September 2015 through December 2017:



The George P. Cheng, MD Children’s Vision Screening Program with the generous partnership of the Lions Club of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties provides free vision screenings for children ages six months to 7-years-old.  In just seconds, our Lions Club volunteers take a picture of the child's eye using our photorefractive screening device which checks for eye conditions and the need for glasses.

Our program has provided essential vision screenings to thousands of children throughout Southern California, providing critical early detection of vision problems needed for good eye health and to minimize or prevent vision loss.

Loma Linda Pediatric Ophthalmology is pleased to partner with the Lions Clubs of San Bernardino and Riverside County to help identify and treat eye conditions or visual disorders in children. This project is currently funded by the generous donations of the Cheng Family Foundation.

If you are a parent of a young child or are a school representative and interested in our free vision screenings, complete our interest form or learn more about our program below.

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Our Mission

To promote vision development in children by providing free vision screenings and by connecting parents to a network of informed caregivers.


Children are screened by our dedicated team of volunteers, and our team of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists are available to guide families on screening results and answer related questions. Follow-up support calls offering treatment, financial assistance and caregiver resources are also provided by volunteers.

Our program uses a photorefractive screener to screen kids. The device takes a picture of the child’s eye and gives a pass/refer result within seconds. The devices are effective for children because there is no touch to the eye; the child merely looks into a colorful screen for a few seconds and the screening is done. A "pass" result is provided if no vision issues are detected. A "refer" result is provided for a full eye exam if a potential vision issue is found. Results also indicate the reason for the referral.  The screening does not replace a full eye exam, but does note detected issues and if the child needs to see a specialist.

The photoreactive screener picks up eye irregularities and the need for glasses. The device checks for refractive error, misalignment of the eyes, opacities such as congenital cataracts or tumors such as retinoblastoma and unequal pupils. All of these conditions are treatable if caught at an early age. If a child has one or more of these problems, the child can have permanent vision loss (known as amblyopia) if it’s not caught at an early age. Children may also have delays in their development and difficulties in a school environment.

Vision conditions children can have:

  1. Near Sightedness
  2. Far Sightedness
  3. Astigmatism (problem focusing)
  4. Amblyopia
  5. Ptosis (dropping eye lid)
  1. Leukocoria (white pupil)
  2. Strabismus (misalignment)
  3. Anisometropia (difference in refractive power)
  4. Anisocoria (difference in pupil size)


The vision screening program provides follow-up calls for children who do not pass the screening and helps connect parents to caregivers in their area, answer questions and provide financial assistance as needed. Our Ophthalmologist and Optometrist team assists in complex cases or may offer their professional opinion and advice to families.

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