Hello, my name is Leora Wiest and I have been with ForSight Vision for 22 years. I am currently the Prevention of Blindness Specialist. A Prevention of Blindness Specialist is a person who goes out into the community and provides vision screenings and education to children and adults.
I provide vision screening to children ages 2 – 6 years of age. These screening are done in Preschools, Daycares, Early Learning Centers, Head Start Programs, Pre K Counts Programs and Health Fairs. I am now starting my 2nd year of screening with the Welsh-Allyn SPOT. Simply put, the SPOT is a photo screening devise that assists in determining if a child needs the immediate attention of a professional eye care specialist/physician. The SPOT easily screens all age groups, requires minimal cooperation from children, is quick and non-invasive, accurate and reliable, and provides results that are easy to understand. Photo screening does not replace a complete and comprehensive eye exam by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist, but is a great tool designed to drive the most in need to the exam chair!
My passion is for the children. Children, who have been screened and then diagnosed with amblyopia or lazy eye, by a physician, are the most at risk for low vision in one eye. Danielle Crull, a Master Certified Pediatric Optician, her 3 children and I, meet with families and their amblyopic children, the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment, affecting 2-3 out of every 100 children. If left untreated, amblyopia can lead to permanent and irreversible vision loss. Only 3 out of 4 amblyopia patients are successful in correcting their vision, Lack of knowledge is the primary cause of treatment failure. Patching or Occlusion Therapy is the best treatment. Fill in the gap! Our goal is to help you succeed in occlusion therapy buy providing support and giving you the information and education you need to succeed!
I also provide screenings to adults at health fairs, retirement villages, senior centers, and businesses. I have two willing and capable volunteers who help me provide this service to adults.
Education is another part of Prevention of Blindness for children and adults. I have a couple of programs that I can provide for preschool children on eye safety, “See Well Bunny” and “Reckless”. For adults, the topics are numerous.
My outside interests are my church, my family, gardening, and rock, mineral, and fossil collection.
If I can answer questions, schedule a screening or educational program; give me a call at (717)848-1690 extension 106.