Preventing blindness, improving sight

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 19:00

Lions throughout the world travel throughout their communities to conduct vision screenings for adults and children. It is our passion that everyone should be able to see.

In Alaska, we are unique due to our limited road system so our challenges are different than most to accomplish our goal. We have teams that travel to the villages to screen, we screen at health fairs throughout the state and any school that request our assistance.

Lions are not doctors, or even nurses. We are a dedicated group of people who have been trained to use a very specific piece of equipment that is just a tool to help you. We have an eyeglass recycling center in Fairbanks where eyeglasses throughout the state are collected and sent for distribution locally, nationally or around the world.

Lions around the world will mark World Sight Day with a variety of activities during the entire month of October. Lions Clubs International will officially mark World Sight Day in Mossman, Australia, on Oct. 10. International President Barry J. Palmer will lead the events, which will include vision screenings of school children and adults.

Since 1998, Lions World Sight Day, held annually in October, has focused attention on eliminating preventable blindness and improving sight. On World Sight Day, Lions clubs around the world conduct special sight-related projects including:

• Collecting eyeglasses.

• Conducting vision and diabetes screenings.

• Planning educational programs to inform their communities about the importance of eye health and diseases such as diabetes that can impair sight.


For more information on vision screening, visit or call Karen Burns at 242-1129.

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