The six Jackson County Lions Clubs recently completed state-mandated vision screening at all public and private schools in Jackson County.
Thirty Lions from the Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora, Pershing Township, Seymour Evening and Seymour Noon clubs participated in the program.
The Lions used Optec 5000 vision-screening equipment owned by the Indiana Lions District E to complete the screenings that involved 2,740 students in 15 schools.
Of that total, 648 students were referred for further examination. The referral rate is 23.6 percent. When the Lions started the vision screening program six years ago, the referral rate was 38.9 percent.
Past District Governor Frank Ruane, the Jackson County vision screening coordinator, reports the Lions involved performed 500 hours in screenings at no cost to students or schools.
Ruane also is in charge of the Kidsight program for this district of the state. The program is sponsored by the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Bank. These screenings are for preschool children and will detect many diseases that attack the eyes of children that normally would not be found otherwise.