Lions team up with local vision center to prevent sight loss
The Florence Evening Lions Club and Walmart Vision Center on Irby S. recently offered free vision screenings as a collaborative initiative. The event recognized the urgent and ongoing need for detection in the fight against preventable vision loss. Since 1917, Lions clubs throughout the world have shared a common vision – to fight blindness and promote vision care for all.
Lions screened with newly acquired Spot Vision Screener. Vision problems can be detected through a simple vision screening that takes less than a minute using the screener. The Spot allows screening of children as young as six months old. Once the image is analyzed, a “pass” or “refer” report is printed out for the parents or legal guardian to keep.
If the child receives a “refer” report, this may indicate a possible vision problem and parents or guardians are advised to see an eye care professional. Screenings are totally confidential. No names are taken and no copy of the printout is kept. The device can detect six vision issues:
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness
- Myopia, or nearsightedness
- Astigmatism, or blurred vision
- Anisometropia, or unequal refractive power
- Gaze, or eye alignment measurements
- Anisocoria, or unequal pupil size
The Spot screener does not test for eye conditions such as glaucoma, presbyopia, cataracts, macular degeneration and others. “We are actively seeking groups who would like to set up screenings,” stated Matt Jones, club president. “Any group can set up an appointment by contacting us.
If screening detects problems in anyone who can’t afford to follow up, the club may be able to help. A detailed procedure is done to determine financial need for assistance. Spot vision checks are free to everyone.” For setting up a screening, call Lion Matt Jones at (803) 494-3125 or email florenceeveninglions@gmail. com.