LIONS CORNER: October is Vision Awareness Month

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 12:25

Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.

Imagine you bring your child to a routine eye appointment and the doctor turns to you and says there is a problem with your child’s eyesight. Not just any problem; they are going blind. Many of us can only imagine this scenario, but many more parents live it. We may not know these families, but they’re in our community. They are our neighbors, coworkers, teachers and friends. Across Alaska, and the world, children, adults and seniors are battling preventable vision impairments and diseases.

In 1925, Helen Keller reached out to the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” In addition to many other community support missions, Lions have answered the challenge with proactive measures to identify people with preventable vision impairments and correctable diseases. Lions throughout our community bring their mobile vision screening to schools, daycare facilities and community gatherings in the hopes of early detection and correction of treatable vision impairments, many of which can be corrected if caught by age 7.

Though our mission is to eliminate preventable blindness, our vision goes far beyond sight. Our vision is to have our community become proactive. Bring your kids and grandkids to get screened early, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. You could help prevent a lifetime of blindness.

Lions have been asked to screen your children in Anchorage in the Anchorage School District by the middle of October. Our teams are in the local schools every day for six weeks.

In addition to eye screening, we also recycle eyeglasses. Your old glasses may not be of any use to you anymore, but they can restore clear sight to someone else. The Aurora Borealis Eyeglass Recycling Center processes 40,000 glasses a year.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Lion please visit lionsclub.org or sleepingladylions.org. Visit us on Facebook for information on upcoming events or call Lion Karen @907-242-1129.

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