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Donations help with vision screening | Preston Citizen

Donations help with vision screening

November 2, 2012


Assistant editor

The Preston Lions Club recently purchased a Plusoptix vision screener, a state of the art screening instrument, which permits a greater coverage of vision conditions in a smaller amount of time compared to the screening techniques of the past.

Last year 1,160 people received eye screenings from the local Lions Club at the Franklin County Medical Center Health Fair and in grades K, two, four, six, eight and 10 in the Preston Schools, said club official David Kunze.

“So far this year 447 persons were screened at the county fair and 1,665 students in grades K through eight have been screened.

The Plusoptix can screen infants as young as six months and can detect problems such as amblyopia, or lazy eye, which permits treatment of this condition before it causes permanent damage,” said Kunze .

“The Lions Club invites the community to take advantage of this service during the annual FCMC Health Fair and also the county fair.

In addition to screening in the Preston Schools, students at the Harold B. Lee Elementary School will also be screened in the near future.”

Kunze said the club thanks Valleywide Coop, the FCMC, Eye Care for You and Kelly’s Convenience Stores for their generous support of this service to our community and hope you will support these businesses whenever possible.

In 1925 Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International to become her, “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” and the primary focus of service to communities throughout the world became that of sight assistance and preservation, according to Kunze.

Brad Wall, president of the Preston Lions Club receives a $500 check from Shaun Parkinson, of Valleywide Coop. Franklin County Medical Center administrator Mike Andrus hands Brad Palmer a $500 check as well. The monies helped purchase a new vision screener used by the Lions.

He said since 1925, the services of Lions Clubs expanded to provide community assistance in any area that is needed.

This story is sponsored by FCMC Holiday Boutique and Flags West Truck Stop.

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