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Easton school district gets $8,000 vision screener

EASTON, Pa. - The Easton Area School District now has a quick way to test students for vision problems.

Family Connection of Easton Inc. helped gather grant money to purchase a SPOT vision screener, which costs about $8,000.

"It has helped cut down on the budget for nursing staff in the district...the process has been more efficient,” said Karen Trinkle of the Easton Area School District.

The device takes a picture of students' eyes and scans the image for issues like near or farsightedness.

School nurses said the results are nearly 100 percent accurate and they can quickly identify which students may need glasses or special accommodations in the classroom.

“The only thing the kids really have to do is be there and stand still and the machine does the rest,” said Kim Febbo, school nurse at Paxinosa Elementary.

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