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Free vision screenings for youth to be held Wednesday

North Central Sight Services and the Lycoming County United Way are partnering to provide free back-to-school vision screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at North Central Sight Services’ offices, 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, according to a recent press release.

Children ages 6 months to 18 years old qualify for the free screenings, no appointments necessary.

Each child participating will receive a healthy vision fun kit, according to the press release.

Attendees are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines for the sake of public safety, according to the press release.

The Lycoming County United Way and North Central Sight Services knows how important healthy vision is for kids and it may not be at the top of the list going back to school right now, the press release said. Therefore, both organizations have collaborated to host this event supporting the community.

“Right now, during these unprecedented times, we all need to come together to help our community get the services they need in order to be healthy and ready for school. Vision services are so important,” said Melyssa McHale, Lycoming County United Way resource development manager. “We are truly grateful for our partnership with North Central Sight Services in making this happen. Our goal is to not only provide vision screenings but spread awareness about healthy vision.”

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, inspiring the partnership.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Lycoming County United Way to create awareness in our community about eye health and safety. Many children are born with visual concerns and do not know how they are supposed to see,” stated Tracy Haas-Ungard, program and services director of North Central Sight Services.

“Upon starting school, vision problems arise, and it becomes critical to address these issues early on so the kids can grow and thrive throughout their school years and learn to the best of their abilities,” Haas- Ungard continued. “Children also need to be conscious about taking safety precautions during everyday activities to prevent possible vision loss due to accidents.”

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