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Lions Wrap Up Screening Local Kids’ Vision 

By Staff | Mar 18, 2016

Lion Judy Jelsing (left) and Lion Sandy Mongeon pose for a picture with the daycare children after their eyes got checked. Left to right: Camden Schneider, Jonah Mattson, Everlee Mattson, Kash Fritz, Thea Johnson and Jessa Dosch.

Last week the local Lions Club along with Lions Vision Coordinator Kristi Swenson of New Rockford tested the remaining day care children along with a few children at their homes.

In February, the Rugby Lions Club had a goal to screen as many children as young as 6 months old as possible. The text allowed parents to know if their child should go in to the doctor and have further testing done. Many parents are unaware that a child is having vision issues. As reported last month, a “pass” or “refer” result displays automatically. The measurement itself takes less than a second. The camera is held 3.3 feet from the child’s face, it does not touch the child at any time.

To the child being screened, it is like being photographed. The child is told to look at the smiley face on the machine. To hold the child’s attention, the camera makes a chirping sound and small lights flash around the smiley face’s “nose.” The device indicates when it has a good reading.

This is just one of the ways the Lions Club members serve their communities. If you are interested in becoming a Lion contact any Rugby Lions member or Lion Luis Coca at 240-5517.

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