More Vision Screenings

Vision to Learn Mobile Van at APS

October 6, 2017

At F.L. Stanton Elementary School last week the Atlanta Lions Club screened 290 elementary school age children and found 27% needed a full eye exam.  Yes, a 27% referral rate which is significantly higher than peer Lions Club screenings in the region and also well above national referral statistics.  In fact, last week our friends at the East Cobb Lions Club just finished screening three elementary schools in their region and found 14% needed to be referred.  Over the past three years the Atlanta Lions Club has screened almost 7,000 preschool and school age children, mostly in low-income, urban settings.  Referral rates for these screening has been much larger than normal averages.

Free Glasses Issues by Vision to Learn

In 2017-2018 the Atlanta Lions Club began partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools and L.A. based non-profit, Vision-To-Learn to provide turnkey free vision screening, mobile vision clinic and free eye wear solutions for elementary age children.  This new APS pilot program will provide free vision screening and eye exams and free eyeglasses to all elementary students in APS.  The Atlanta Lions Club has committed to providing twice per month vision screenings as part of this APS pilot program.

BeltLine Visionary Speaks to the Club

September 14, 2017

Ryan Gravel, an urban planner, author, Ted Talk speaker and founder of the Atlanta BeltLine spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  While at Georgia Tech his master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision and blueprint for the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing the physical form of Atlanta.

Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use by Atlanta residents and the City’s surge in economic redevelopment.  Ryan spoke about Atlanta’s future as a hub for growth and lifestyle and the importance of branding itself as the “civil rights” city.