La Plata Lions PVS Team screened 1228 children during the 2018-2019 club year

Today’s blog post is a newspaper article about the La Plata Lions PVS team.  The article was part of the last district 22-C newsletter. 

The La Plata Lions PVS team had another successful year again during the 2018-2019 club year. A grand total of 1, 228 preschool children were screened with a total number of 229 referrals to pediatric eye-care for evaluation and necessary treatment so these children can have clear vision during their education.

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Connecting those in need with important services – by Hank Lunsford

Through coordinated community efforts, our program conducts vision screenings for hundreds of kids every year.

BY HANK LUNSFORD

The annual Day 4 Hope, which partner’s schools with sponsoring churches, started more than a decade ago. In Sarasota, 38 nonprofit organizations contribute to these back-to-school events to benefit children in need. At the fairs, each child is given a backpack filled with school supplies, including gift certificates for school uniforms and shoes. Additionally, the children receive books and even free haircuts and hair styling. The events are meant for the entire family, where they can get sheriff identification and family portraits taken. Continue reading “Connecting those in need with important services – by Hank Lunsford”

Photoscreening played a life-saving role for my daughter Brianna – by Dorie Leitten

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In April of 2013, when my daughter Brianna was 6, she had a vision screening at school conducted by volunteers from Bloomfield Lions Club in our home town in Ontario County, New York. She received a referral for a full eye examination. I was not concerned as back in February, Brianna’s eye exam at the pediatrician’s office was normal. Plus, my oldest daughter wears glasses. I made an appointment with our family optometrist for 2 weeks later. There, we found out that we had an emergency.

ANXIOUS HOURS, DAYS

It was Saturday, and our doctor was unable to reach a specialist willing to see Bri immediately. Therefore, she advised we go to an emergency room. When I said I knew a surgeon at a local hospital, she replied, “If you have any cards, you need to play them right now.”

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Eye Care Mission Uses Plusoptix Vision Screener to Help More Children – by Jim Carlins

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The Hopeful Ways Nicaragua project provides free eye care services to this impoverished country, using the Plusoptix Vision Screener.

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BY JIM CARLINS

The mission of the all-volunteer members of Hopeful Ways is to offer a variety of health services and educational opportunities to the poor in Nicaragua. Our primary initiative, however, is providing free eye care services to the needy. After Haiti, Nicaragua is the Western Hemisphere’s second poorest country. Many of the people we serve have never been seen by an eye doctor. In fact, a pair of prescription eyeglasses could cost 6 months’ wages.

Our program depends heavily on the Nicaragua Lions Club to help coordinate our missions. They do everything from providing transportation to spreading the word in the community and signing up potential patients. Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world with 1.4 million members from 46,000 clubs in 250 countries.

IMPLEMENTING PLUSOPTIX

The eye care services we provide include vision screening as well as full eye examinations, eye surgeries, and even prosthetic eyes. We distribute prescription and reading eyeglasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, and even eye moisturizing drops.

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Connecting With Community, Sharing the Importance of Good Vision – By Meredith Winnefeld, Miss Colorado

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“Working to educate the community about the value of early childhood vision screening with the platform that Miss Colorado has provided me has been a very rewarding experience. By sharing my story, I hope I convince more people to support and participate in screening programs.”

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“If I can screen a child; anyone can screen a child!” – an article from Lion Robert “Bob” Fitzgerald

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Robert “Bob” Fitzgerald manages the KidSight program in his chapter in Louisiana. He had undetected ambylopia as a child and became blind in his left eye. Today, in his KidSight program, 4,000 kids are screened per year with 3 devices of their own. Nevertheless, he has never conducted a screening himself, because he thought he was not able to. But when a friend experienced that his grandchild had a problem with its vision, and was asking Bob for help, he was right there on the spot.

Read more about Bob’s great experience with the Plusoptix Vision screener in his following article: Continue reading ““If I can screen a child; anyone can screen a child!” – an article from Lion Robert “Bob” Fitzgerald”