Lions Clubs devoted to saving kids’ eyesight

Did you know that the optimal time to save a child’s eyesight is before age 5?

Did you know that 5 percent to 10 percent of young children have vision problems?

By age 10, eyes are fully developed. The earlier vision is evaluated, the better.

Considering this information, Lion Clubs in New Hampshire have set an ambitious goal of screening the eyes of every child in the state. This amounts to nearly 200,000 children.

So far we have raised money and have applied for and received a grant from Lions Clubs International. This enabled us to buy twice the number of Spot Screeners wthan e could have afforded by ourselves. There are about 20 screeners in the state right now. Every Lions zone in the state now has a screener. What we don’t have enough of is people.

The Brookline Lions club is fairly small (27 members), as are most of the clubs in New Hampshire. For us to be able to achieve our goal, we need your help. You don’t need to be a doctor, nurse or health care professional – most of us are not, either – but we have been trained, and we can train you, too. Our screeners can work with children as young as 6 months old.

We have been getting out and about to find all the children of the state. You may have seen our tent at the Town-Wide Yard Sale, or you may have seen some of the other clubs doing screenings at the Hopkinton Fair or pancake breakfasts, or you may have gotten a consent form through the schools. We are trying to make it easy for people to have their children’s eyes checked by a Lions Club, so if you know of a group of children of elementary school age or younger who we are not reaching in town, let us know that, too.

If you are interested in being a part of saving the sight of children in New Hampshire and in your town, please contact any Brookline Lion. If you don’t know a Lion, contact me: Sue Lindberg, president of the Brookline Lions Club at suelindbergnh@aol.com. If we can get enough interest, we will have an informational meeting to show you what is involved and then schedule training for those who want it. You would never be asked to do a screening without a Lion present, so no pressure. We just need helpers!

You could be part of saving a child’s sight.