Friday, January 21, 2011
Lions Club Helps Save Eyesight
The Lions Club of Brandermill-Midlothian-Woodlake has many fun-loving volunteers who serve the community. Besides helping to provide free eye exams and glasses for needy individuals, they help raise money for the blind and provide services for the hearing impaired. Taking time from their day, they enthusiastically serve the needs of our community with little or no recognition.
Bob and Alan (pictured above) are local Lions members who helped check the distance and near visual acuities in one station of the vision screening.
On Thursday, January 20th, 5 volunteers from the Lions Club assisted Dr. Paull in screening 41 home-schooled children for vision disorders. Although most children passed with good results, there were several children who needed additional attention. For example, one 7-year old boy was found to have normal 20/20 vision in his left eye, but 20/100 vision in his right eye. His mother had never known that he had much blurrier vision in his right eye because he had always compensated for it when both eyes were open. Thinking back, she did remember that he would often rub his right eye only when they were reading, but she never knew it was due to a vision disorder. Thankfully, his condition was caught early, during the critical period of vision development. He can receive correction for his right eye now so that he can develop the proper brain connections between his right and left eyes and develop proper 3-D vision.
Many thanks are given to the Lions Club volunteers for their tireless efforts to promote better vision health for both our community and others throughout the world. Did you know that over 12 million children have been screened by international Lions Club members? If you would like more information about joining a community club, please visit http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/becoming-a-lion/index.php. You may also join a 'cyber club', whose participants meet online! Joining a club is not only great fun and fellowship for each member, but it helps many others in the community and abroad.