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Eye-Care Assistance Program

The Owensboro Lions Club annually sets aside funds to provide vision exams and eyeglasses for adults and children who are in need. Anyone seeking assistance should first call the HELP office at 270-685-4971. Those with additional questions should call 270-684-4418.

February 23, 2012

Lions Club provides free vision screeningLions Club vision screening

Prisha Vaidya, a preschool student at Burns Elementary School, participates in a vision screening provided by Charlotte Arnett (left), Kidsight chairman and vice district governor for Kentucky Lions District 43E. Also pictured is Lions Club member Patricia Burch.

Lions Clubs, working with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation’s “Kidsight” program, visit local elementary schools to provide vision screenings with new equipment called a “PediaVision Camera.” The new photoscreening technology simply requires the child to look into the hand-held monitor. By assessing the way light reflects off the eye, the screening can detect whether the child is at risk for developing serious eye problems. The screenings are evaluated by trained technicians at the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation’s lab in Louisville.

Photoscreening helps identify improperly aligned eyes (strabismus); obstructions that interfere with light passing through the eye (cataracts and ptosis) that can cause amblyopia; and imperfect refractive powers of the eye (nearsightedness, farsightedness, anisometropia and astigmatism). If these conditions are identified, parents are notified and provided with listings for ophthalmologists and optometrists in our community.

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