Keep an eye out for Lions at the State Fair

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:18

If you attended the Bear Paw Parade, you probably saw the Lions’ Vision and Eye Screening Trailer go by you, with Lions and Leos marching alongside, handing out candy to the kids and having a blast along the way.

Now, those same Lions and Lions clubs from around the state are organizing together to provide free eye screening at the Alaska State Fair.

Put the Lions on your “must-see” list of free things to do at the fair this year.

Stop in at the Lions’ Eye Screening Trailer Aug. 25 through Sept. 5. Hours for the screening will be 12-8 on weekdays and 10-8 on weekends.

There will be eye tests offered for children beginning at the age of 6 months; these tests can detect seven different eye problems that can hopefully be corrected by a specialist, or optometrist if they are detected prior to the age of 6 years of age.

Eye tests will detect the strength of vision in both eyes and even color blindness. Lions will recommend those in need of new glasses, or a change in glasses, to see an optometrist, OD, or DD.

Making VISION a healthy priority is important because though we may not realize it, our vision can change with age, finding issues early can lead to quicker and easier treatments.

Some normal changes include losing focus, trouble distinguishing colors and needing more light to see. These vision changes can often be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or simply improving the lighting in our homes.

Lions were organized in 1917. They were asked by Helen Keller to be the Knights of the Blind in 1925.

The Alaska Lions were not officially recognized as a District until 1951.

We were provisional from 1944-1951. Since that time we have truly have been Knights for the Blind and visually impaired. Though our service includes going to area schools and screening our communities’ kids, we also offer guidance to those who need financial aid, raise money to help provide service animals, and help others in our community when they are in need.

We would like to thank our Eagle River Walgreens for their support in our mission of SightFirst.

Walgreens donated 300+ readers to the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions for our mission to the country of Nepal.

These glasses will be a welcome relief for their country and serving their people in areas where there is no store to purchase much-needed eye glasses.

We would like to thank all the people who support our fundraising projects. Your support helped make it possible for us to purchase the Lions’ Eye Screening Trailer and the technical equipment to do the projects that have made the difference in the lives of so many.

We hope to see you at the fair; stop in and say hi, and don’t forget we always have free goodies to hand out. We served over 17,000 people last year.

If you would like to learn more about being a lion and what we do please visit, or

We can be found on Facebook where we post upcoming events and projects.


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