This month, the East Albany Lions Club conducted their annual vision screening program for elementary students. Each year, they visit every elementary school in the district.
With parent permission, students sit for eye measurements taken with a device that is similar in appearance to a camera or a pair of binoculars. The screening is fast and does not require students to read eye charts or look into vision machines. The procedure is so quick that four Lions Club members using four devices can examine an entire class in just 10 minutes.
Results are later shared with families. If results indicate additional testing is needed, parent receive a letter recommending additional evaluation by an eyecare specialist. The Lions Club can help needy families obtain eyeglasses if necessary.