The Camden Lions will hold a free vision screening clinic in the Children’s Room of the Camden Public Library Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lions own a SPOT vision screening device, which can scan individuals without the use of eye drops or physical contact. The device can detect six different issues with the eye in people aged six months to 50 years of age: Myopia (near-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power), Astigmatism (blurred vision, eye structure issue), Anisocoria (pupil size deviations) and Strabismus (eye misalignment, gaze). Based on the results of the scan, an evaluation referral report can be printed to recommend further evaluation from an eye specialist. The referral reports give an eye specialist an opportunity to see an early indication of the patient’s condition. Early detection of issues related to vision can be critically important to helping improve a child’s performance in the classroom and their experience of life in general.

For the vision screening event at the Camden Public Library, participants will be asked to wear masks while inside the library. To avoid congestion inside the library, the Children’s Garden outside the Children’s Room will serve as a “waiting area.”

In 1917, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind.” Since that time, the Lions have followed her wish. Sight conservation is a Lion Clubs’ primary objective. Vision screening is part of that objective. Learn more about the Camden Lions Club on their website at: camdenlionsclub.com.

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