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Gladstone Lions Club provides vision screening

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From Ken Groh, Gladstone Lions Club:

The Gladstone Lions Club is involved with Project KidSight USA. At the U.P. State Fair last year, the Gladstone Lions club and several other U.P. Lions Clubs, provided vision screening services to many young children. This year, the Gladstone Lions Club will be providing vision screening services to nearly 100 individual four year old children at Kindergarten registration for the Gladstone Area Schools.

Research shows that approximately one out of every 20 children between the ages of six months and five years has a serious eye disorder. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by the age of seven. Yet most children in this age group either never had their vision checked or they’ve been tested with a method that often fails to detect some serious eye problems. By the time children either enter school or do have their eyes tested it may be harder and costlier to provide effective treatment.

According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So, if a child cannot see well. he or she cannot learn well. Thus, our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly.

Our portable high-tech screening camera is programmed to quickly (1 second) and accurately (90%) identify causes of vision loss without causing stress to the child. Our cameras produce a binocular image of a child’s eyes to develop a preliminary determination of the presence of eye disorders.

The high-tech vision screening camera is extremely expensive. The Gladstone Lions Club will be having its Annual Spring Social at the Bluff on April 24. This event will include a variety of raffles for prizes including hunting gear and cash. The night will also include live music. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a new high-tech camera to be used in Project KidSight USA.

The Gladstone Lions are excited about the opportunity to continue providing this valuable service to children and families in our area.

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