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Lions Providing Free Eye Screenings At Lawrence County 4-H Fair
Updated July 17, 2015 7:47 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Members from the Bedford, Bedford Noon, Mitchell and Fayetteville Lions Clubs will be conduct a countywide free vision screening for all adults and children at the Lawrence County 4-H Fair July 19 through July 24, from 5-10 p.m. each day, and July 25 from 3-8 p.m.

All visual acuity screenings will be performed with Optec 5000 visual testing machines purchased with grants from the Lawrence County Community Foundation and GM Powertrain/Friends of Powertrain Charity for Kids.

The screenings will take place in the Commercial Expo Building at the fairgrounds thanks to the support of three community-minded sponsors: Day & Carter Mortuary, Sipes Auto Body & Glass, and George Wealth Management Group.

Adults will be screened for both far and near visual acuity and proper peripheral vision using a Humphrey FDT visual field testing machine. Children will be screened for far and near visual acuity.

The screenings are free. The eye screening process takes about 10 to 15 minutes and will be done on a first-come, first-screened walk-in basis.

The Lion screeners will be screening to basically determine how well each person can see and also look for indicators of other problems that may be present.

Vision screening for children is important because 1 out of 20 preschool children has a correctable vision problem and one out of four school-age children will have some type of vision problems. Children do not really know how well they should be seeing, so they will not complain about having poor vision.

A written report is provided for each person screened and, if screening indicates, a recommendation for a professional exam will be made. This screening is not intended to be a complete exam, like those performed by an eye doctor.

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