Vision Screening

The Lions logo with test for the Montana Plusoptix vision screening.This page presents materials associated with the Montana Vision Screening program. Lions Clubs International Foundation, The Montana Sight & Hearing Foundation and Lions Clubs across the state have joined together to fight against blindness. We do so by offering vision screening for children to assist in diagnosing and eliminating causes of blindness as well as promoting personal development through improved sight.

Click here for a printable handout describing the program and a sample screening result for Yellowstone County in Montana.

Also available by clicking here is a template for Montana Lions clubs to use in creating a color banner for use with their Plusoptix machines. Open the PDF in Acrobat Viewer (not all browsers will allow filling out the form). Follow the simple instructions in the text at the center of the page. Select the text and you can type a message replacing the instructions. After entering the desired text, save the file to your computer and then email it to It will be converted to a format acceptable for your machine and returned to you with instructions on how to load it. Please indicate in the email if your machine is the battery operated portable model or the plug-in version with a separate monitor.

FOR SCHOOLS: The basics of the program are in the first downloadable file on this page.

Parent information letter: A sample letter is provided for use if desired.

Database file uploads: The PlusOptix machine uses a specific type of database for preloading a list of students. A blank Excel file is available for schools’ use in adding information before screening. The file needs to be manipulated to a particular format for the machine to accept, so please follow the these guidelines:

1) Do not change column names, order, or attributes in the downloaded file.

2) Add information to the six columns highlighted in yellow – Family Name (last name); First Name; Date of Birth (format 10/16/2013); ID (optional); Location (suggest abbreviated school name); and Contact (suggest class ID or teacher’s last name)

3) Be sure the information is consistent across lines of the completed file before saving it.

4) Lions will use a USB memory device to copy your file, resave it in the required format and upload it to the machine for the screening. The file can be returned to you with the results in the same format as the blank downloaded file after the screening is completed.

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