FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2000
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenn A. Walsh, Life Trustee, Andrew Carnegie Free Library
(412) 561-7876, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
FREEVISION EXAMS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS
AT LIBRARY APRIL 13
Carnegie, Pa., April 5 - Free vision examinations for children, ages six months through seven years-old, will be offered at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. The vision exams will follow the weekly 1 p.m. Storytime for Pre-Schoolers at the Library, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie Borough.
A special "MT Screener" camera will take two photographs of each child's eyes. The photographs will be sent to an ophthalmologist who will evaluate the eye pictures for Near and Far Sightedness, Astigmatism, Misaligned Eyes, Unequal Refractive Power, and Media Opacities(such as cataracts). If there is any suspected problem, they will contact the parents and suggest a more in-depth examination be conducted. Pictures of each child's eyes will only take a few minutes per child.
In the United States, one child in 20 has a serious eye disorder. However, only one child in four is checked for vision difficulties, prior to the age of five. Parents of pre-schoolers are urged to take advantage of this free service, sponsored by the Carnegie Lioness Club and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. Telephone the Library at (412) 276-3456 for more information.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library opened as the fourth free public library, constructed and endowed by the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, on May 1, 1901. In addition to a Library, the cultural complex includes a 788-seat, acoustically perfect Music Hall(patterned after Carnegie Hall in New York City), 140-seat Lecture Hall, Civil War Museum, small in-town park, and discount bookstore.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library is funded by the Borough of Carnegie, through an annual appropriation of the Borough Council; the Allegheny Regional Asset District, from the one percent sales tax levied in Allegheny County; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; AND the generous donations given by individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses in Carnegie and the Chartiers Valley.
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