The Woodbury Lions club is gearing up to start this season’s vision screening of Cannon County kids between the ages of 6 months and 6 years of age.
Lion Club member Lois Larimer will be distributing parental consent forms to nursing homes, head-start programs and other places.
Each fall season the Lions Club screens approximately 500 Cannon County children. An average of five percent of those screened are advised to see an eye doctor for examination. Approximately 90 of those referred are found to have a problem that if gone untreated could result in a lifetime of visual impairment.
Lions Club helps those in need that can’t afford to pay the expenses. A portion of the money collected each October on White Cane Days goes for this purpose as well as helping fund the cost of the Operation KidSight program.
Nearly 500,000 children in Tennessee have been screened and more than 20,000 children are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to Operation KidSight which was established by the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
The Lions Club effort has spread around the world and has been named as the premiere prevent blindness program for children by the World Health Organization.