Lions learn about eye screening

From left, Lion Tommy Davis, Minden Lions Club president; Lion Jerry Madden, immediate past District 8-L governor; Lion Sherrie McMurray, chairman for Zone 1C and 2B and Minden Evening Lions Club immediate past president; and Lion Tommy McMurray; District 8-L chaplain and Minden Evening Lions Club secretary. 

Minden Lions welcomed Tommy and Sherrie McMurray from its sister club – Minden Evening Lions Club – during Thursday’s noon club meeting. Lions Tommy and Sherrie provided a demonstration of the Plusoptix mobile vision screening camera used by both clubs to screen area students for possible vision disorders. This no-contact device was a joint purchase by the two clubs and can detect vision disorders and media opacities starting at five months of age and up. If the camera indicates a possible vision disorder, Lions send notification to the child’s parent or guardian referring them to an optometrist for further screening.

Since July 1, 2022, 616 area children were screened with 82 referrals – a 13.31% referral rate. An estimated 1,000 more students in schools across three parishes are already scheduled for the first half of 2023.

If any local preschool programs, daycare centers or private schools would like the Minden Lions to provide no-cost children’s eye screenings, please call either Lion Jerry Madden (318-401-5421) or Lion Mike Trainor (318-268-6772). Local Lions are proud to be living out their club motto: We Serve!

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