Tribune Staff Reports
Jackson County Lions Clubs recently completed the state-mandated vision screening for all public and private schools in the county.
Thirty-two Lions from the Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora, Pershing Township, Seymour Evening and Seymour Noon clubs spent 254 hours screening nearly 3,000 students at no cost to the schools or students.
Past District Governor Frank Ruane and Lion Sandy Ruane transported the Optic 5000 state-approved screening equipment and attended all 19 screenings.
Of the students screened, 23 percent fell into the state guidelines recommending that they be referred to see an optometrist. At most schools, the school nurse will rescreen those that were referred. Many of these students’ glasses were broken, lost or left at home, and they may not require a visit to the eye doctor.
The vision screening project is one of many Lions projects performed throughout Jackson County.
After the first of the year, the Ruanes, both of the Seymour Noon Lions Club, will begin the 2016 KidSight program for preschool and child care centers. This service also will be provided at no cost.