News from the Carmel-Kent Lions Club on their pre-school eye screening program:
The Carmel-Kent Lions Club participates in an ongoing Lions state-wide pre-school eye screening program that is designed to detect abnormalities that could lead to serious eye problems. If detected early enough, many of these problems are more easily corrected. The program is called Lions SEE, which stands for Screening Eyes Early. Lion volunteers take photos of the children’s eyes with a special digital camera, which is designed to analyze and print out data. The data is then sent to the Ira G. Ross Eye Institute in Buffalo, NY for further analysis by qualified eye specialists. If possible problems are detected; the Eye Institute would contact the child’s parents to recommend a referral to a local eye doctor who would take over from there.
The Lions Club recognized its three nursery school partners, Carmel Nursery School, Drew Nursery School and the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association Early Childhood Learning Center, at their dinner meeting on June 27, 2013 with Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Awards. Lion Frank Chianca, SEE Program Chairman, noted that “this partnership between the nursery schools and the Carmel-Kent Lions Club has helped numerous children. After each screening session, there are usually a few children that are referred for further examination by an eye doctor. Many of those children start wearing glasses right away and can be better prepared before they start regular school. Without the screening, those children with problems would probably not be diagnosed until after they start school.”
For more information about the Lions Club and their community service, you can visit their website at www.carmelkentlions.org