Lions provide free eye screening to 1,741 Lawrence County students

LAWRENCE CO. – Members of the four local Lions Clubs -Bedford, Bedford Noon, Fayetteville Community, and Mitchell – joined together, in vision screening teams of five to 12 trained Lions, for three weeks in October and one week in November to conduct vision screenings on students at 17 Lawrence County
Schools. The teams screened one school in the morning and one school in the afternoon each day.

Lions Heather Wessel and Wanda Helton vision screening at the St Vincent de Paul School. Photo provided

Working with the principals and nurses, the Lions helped complete the 2023 school year’s State of Indiana required mandated school vision screenings for each school. This was the 14th year the local Lions have volunteered to do vision screenings in the schools.

There were 33 different Lions from the four clubs who volunteered for this event. The Lions complete a certification training program and donate all their time performing screenings at the schools.

Lion Bob Ruble vision screening at the Springville Community Academy. Photo provided

Each student’s eyes are screened for distance and near visual acuity using Optec optical testing machines for first, third, fifth, and eighth graders.

Students were screened at North Lawrence Community Elementary and Middle Schools, Mitchell Community Elementary and Junior High Schools, St Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Lawrence
County Independent School, Springville Community Academy, Stone City Christian Academy, JC Christian Academy, and Lawrence County Home Schools. Lions screened 1,741 students of those 285 students were referred to seek professional eye exams.

Lion Newell Clifton vision screening at the Needmore Elementary School. Photo provided

Many Lions Clubs throughout the state are now performing this valuable service for their community schools and children with great success and many others are working to get this great project started in their communities.