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.

Club Member Establishing Vision Screening Program in Belize

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

August 13, 2015

Atlanta Lions Club member Cyd McDowell has been travelling this week in Belize with KidSight USA representatives to establish a child vision screening program in this Central American country.  The program is part of the Belize Lions Clubs efforts to provide young Belizeans with free eye screening.  The screenings will commence countrywide in September at the beginning of their school year.  The Belize Lions Clubs are committed to pay for eye glasses for children who need them, and whose parents cannot afford to pay for the treatment services.

Below is footage from Belize TV Channel 7 discussing the vision screening program with remarks from Lion Cyd McDowell and Past International Director Dr. Ed Cordes.  Ed heads the Lions KidSight USA Program and is a Lion from Corning, New York.

Way to go Lion Cyd!