Local Lions want to help you maintain healthy vision | BALANCE – Bainbridge Island Review
The Poulsbo Lions Club is partnering with the Poulsbo Library to offer a free vision screening clinic from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the library. The clinic will be repeated on March 31 and April 28.
“There are a number of ways that we are working on that,” he said. “We pick up used eye glasses and send them to a processing place in Lacey where they are cleaned and the prescription is read and classified. Those glasses are then sent to people in Third World countries through missionary workers.”
Here in the U.S., Lions Clubs such as Poulsbo, work to offer vision screenings, especially to pre-school children, so that any vision problems can be caught and corrected before children enter school.
“We want to catch anything that is wrong so that it can be dealt with before they begin school,” he said. “So that it is not a hinderance to them as they study. We don’t want any child to get behind in school just because they need glasses.”
Once a child is screened and a determination is made as to what the child needs, the Lions then can help with the cost of further vision care by a professional and glasses if needed.
The Poulsbo Lions Club has two Welch Allyn SureSight screening machines which are used to determine common problems such as far sightedness, near sightedness, astigmatism and amblyopia or what’s commonly know as lazy eye. There are six Poulsbo Lions who are trained to use the machines at the clinics to determine sight problems.
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