2017-12-06 / Front Page

Lions Club Visioneers perform 4,000 vision screenings

Visioneer Lion volunteer Debbie Ankuda, right, performs Spot Vision Screening with Union School student Mackensie Bachinski. - Courtesy PhotoVisioneer Lion volunteer Debbie Ankuda, right, performs Spot Vision Screening with Union School student Mackensie Bachinski. - Courtesy PhotoSPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Lions Club Visioneers have been helping with vision screenings in several local schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Springfield Lions screened 4,000 children for vision problems in the greater Springfield area. Now that school is back in session, the Visioneers are out screening more children, according to a Lions press release.

Spot Vision Screening can quickly screen for vision problems. Using a camera-like handheld device, vision screenings take seconds to identify possible problems such as near- and far-sightedness, unequal refraction power, eye structure problems, pupil size deviations, and eye misalignment. Spot Vision can screen patients aged 6 months through adult. Patients do not need to be able to read or speak, so it is easily used with non-verbal children. This is important because vision problems can be detected early and possibly corrected. Approximately 300-400 vision issues are detected and referred for further treatment each year, all according to the Lions.

Springfield Lions Club Visioneers spend countless volunteer hours screening children in the greater Springfield Area. During the 2016-2017 school year, the club has screened 4,000 students in the following Vermont towns: Bellows Falls, Brownsville, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Hartford, Hartland, Londonderry, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Reading, Saxton River, Springfield, Townsend, Weathersfield, Westminster, and Windsor.

The Spot Vision Screening Program, which started in Springfield, screened 19,000 children in 102 communities during the last school year.

Community support of the Lions Club Fishing Derby, Christmas Tree Sale and other Lions fundraisers help pay for this service.

The Springfield Lions Club was founded in 1937 and has been serving the greater Springfield area for 80 years. For more information on Spot Vision Screening or the Springfield Lions Club, email springfieldvermontlions@gmail.com or contact Jeff Perkins at (802) 885-2178.

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