About one-tenth of all students Hood River Lins screened showed some degree of vision problems. Lions, left to right: Greg Simpson, Judith Poage, Elaine Johnson, Rachael Fox, Art Carroll, Bonnie Benton, Judy Judd and Jeff King.
As of Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Local Lions Clubs once again increased their goal for student vision screenings to include all grades in all of the elementary schools and middle schools in Hood River County, reports Lion Heidi Venture.
In early October, 30 Lions Club members, three other volunteers and staff from Cascade Eye Center used a state-of-the-art Spot screening system to screen twice as many students as in prior years, in half the time.
A total of 2,410 students were screened. Of those, 248 students were found to have vision problems that required professional examinations.
Undetected and untreated vision problems affect students’ school success, making screening is one of the most beneficial and interesting projects that Lions can do for the local community, Venture said.
Without this Lions Club program, many of these vision problems would go undetected, causing students to struggle unnecessary in school.
Screening Coordinator Art Carroll stated, “I get charged up about doing this as a Lion. It’s a significant demonstration of Lions serving our community. In this particular case, we literally screened over 1,000 more students this year than ever before. You’ve got to feel good about that!”