Lions Club offers eye screenings

Published 10:28 pm Friday, November 24, 2017

The Albert Lea Lakeview Lions partnered with United Preschool in Albert Lea on Nov. 6 and Nov. 9 to provide free vision screenings for young children. During the two-day event, 110 children were screened by Lions Club members.

More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem, yet only one in three have received eye care services before age 6, according to a press release. Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age 7, when the eyes reach full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.

“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Meg Tibodeau, Lakeview Lions president. “We want to make sure that correctable vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.”

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For information about future screenings or to learn more about the Lakeview Lions and its service projects, contact project chairwomen Lioba Forman at or 383-6491 or Sue Blenka at or 990-7367.

The screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen children from 6 months to 6 years of age. KidSight USA was developed by Lions in the U.S. to protect the eye health of America’s children in their early years. Lions in the U.S. currently screen more than 500,000 children per year. Learn more about Lions KidSight USA at

Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. Learn more about Lions Clubs International at