November 14, 2016 02:39:39
Posted By PDG_Doreen
The Quincy Lions Club partnered with Rural Masonic Lodge A.F & A.M of Quincy on Saturday November 12, 2016 to provide free vision screenings for young children. Children were screened by Lions club members at the event, which took place at The Fore River Clubhouse.
“Since September 2016, over 1200 Quincy Public School Children have received free screenings by school health staff using these specialized screening devices. Out of the 1200 children screened over 200 have been referred for additional treatment from an eye health professional.
More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem, yet only one in three have received eye care services before age six. Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age seven, when the eye reaches full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.
“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Quincy Lions Club Past President, and KidSight Chair David Smith. “We want to make sure that correctible vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.” The partnership between the Lions and The Masons is reflective of both organizations commitment to serving the community of Quincy.
For information about future screenings or to learn more about the Quincy Lions Club and its service projects, email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.quincylionsclub.com or The Rural Masonic Lodge A.F &A.M of Quincy at www.ruralmasoniclodge.org.
The screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen children from 6 months to 6 years of age. KidSight USA was developed by Lions in the U.S. to protect the eye health of America’s children in their early years. Lions in the U.S. currently screen more than 500,000 children per year. Learn more about Lions KidSight USA at KidSightUSA.org.