Lions saving sight

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 23:00

There’s no better way to start the year than by saving sight and supporting youth. I am always impressed by the commitment and dedication Lions show in their project ideas towards helping their communities through vision screening.

Your local Lions service elementary schools and health fairs throughout the state one school and fair at a time. Countless hours are spent each week by volunteers trained to use the PlusOptix Screener, which is able to find six different diseases of the eyes.

It only takes one child to get you hooked on vision screening. They love seeing their eyes on the screen, and we love spending time explaining our very cool equipment.

Since September, Lions have screened 10,414 children with 2,058 referrals found with this system. We have 13 schools left to screen in the Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River area. You will also find us at local health fairs throughout the state.

SightFirst is our mission statement. Teams of four to eight screeners venture into our schools and health fairs to find that child, or adult, that is unaware there is a problem with their eyes.

Should that child, or adult, need assistance with the expenses of a doctor’s visit or eyeglasses, Lions will find assistance for you. Our SightFirst committee meets weekly to evaluate vision assistance request and provides the patient with the needed information.

The cornerstone of Lions’ service is saving sight, and there are some exciting new SightFirst projects that will be implemented in the coming year that we are excited about. (For more information, visit

The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions have recently purchased the newest PlusOpitx screener that will assist their team in the coming years. We have the pride of only one elementary school left to screen in the Chugiak-Eagle River area. Our team of experienced screeners enjoy working with the school nurses in finding that child that needs help and bringing success to their education through sight.

If you would like to join our team, find us at If you would like to learn more about being a Lion, visit or visit

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 8 for our Annual Valentine’s Dinner at the Eagle River Lions Park at 6 p.m. This is our annual fundraiser for scholarships for local high school students. If you need tickets, call Karen Burns at 242-1129.

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