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Lions Club’s free mobile screening unit coming to Vassar’s FunFest

The Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit, offering free sight, hearing, blood pressure and diabetes testing, will be hosted by the Lyndon Lions Club in Vassar during FunFest on Oct. 25. The MSU will be at the Vassar Community Center parking lot 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

At the screening, a vision screener recently purchased by the Kansas Lions will be used to test children from about 6 months of age to preschool age and older. The new screener looks into the eyes through the pupils and sees problems before they become apparent to parents. Since young children do not know how they should be seeing, their sight can be quite blurry or irregular, forcing them to cope in other ways and fooling the parents into thinking their children see normally. The vision screener detects serious eye diseases and problems that then can be treated by optometrists and ophthalmologists who specialize in such eye diseases and problems. It does not require much in the way of the infant’s or child’s cooperation – all he or she needs to do is look at the vision screener.

Many eye problems and serious, sight-robbing diseases begin in infancy or early childhood. While it is estimated that approximately 5-10 percent of all children experience sight-robbing vision problems, just 14 percent of U.S. children six and younger see an eye doctor for testing. By the time they are four years of age, it can already be too late to stop or reverse the damage eye diseases are doing.

The new vision screener is having success on adults also, with a 60 percent successful screening for vision. Other types of vision screeners will also be used to test adults.

Everyone in Osage County is invited to come to Vassar’s FunFest for the free screenings. Just show up while the MSU is open, register, and come inside for the screenings. Results of testing will be given to each person who is tested, and those results can be taken to the appropriate medical professional.

The MSU is supported by the Lions Clubs of Kansas, and free screenings are offered to the public statewide.

Information thanks to Lyndon Lions Club.

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Lyndon Lions man the Lions’ mobile screen unit during the 2013 Vassar FunFest.

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