The Goldsboro Downtown Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 18 at the Goldsboro Family YMCA, 1105 Parkway Drive.

The actual screening will take less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime, club members said.

The screening device detects errors such as:

• Myopia (farsightedness).

• Hyperopia (nearsightedness).

• Astigmatism (blurred vision).

• Amblyopia (lazy eye).

• Strabismus (eyes that misalign).

• Anisometropia (unequal vision between the two eyes).

• Anisocoria (unequal refractive power).

If a child has a vision defect, the parent/guardian will receive notification to consult with a professional optometrist.

Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age 7, when the eye reaches full maturity.

Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.

So, if a child can’t see well, he or she can’t learn well.

For more information on the screening event, call Gene Goetz at 414-640-5953 or email