The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club in collaboration with the Registered Opticians of
Texas conducted a free Early Childhood Vision Screening on Saturday, January
30, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Christian Church (Rev.
(and fellow Lion) Jacqueline Baker, Senior Pastor). Children, ages from 6
months to 4 years old were the targeted population for the screening, which
aims to detect Lazy eye, eye turns, myopia, near and farsightedness,
astigmatism, cataracts and differences in strength between the two eyes.
children were screened, three were referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for
further testing and four more were told that their children may need more
screening as they grow older. Other findings that came to our attention
during the period of preparation and doing the actual screening are that 50% of
children who have difficulty learning can attribute it to some kind of vision
problem and that 50 students attending Pearce Middle School in Northeast Austin
currently need glasses. Lion J. P. Kirksey provided us with information
for getting glasses for those students.
Club thanks the Austin Travis County Health Department (Carole Barash, PIO
officer), Any Baby Can (Marcela Lizcano, children's health intervention and
screening officer) and Lion Sam Johnson and his assistants who conducted the
screening on behalf of the Registered Opticians Association of Texas for their
assistance in making the screening a success. All of them were
magnificent. And last, but certainly not least, a tip of the hat to the
fellow Lions who CONTINUE TO GIVE new meaning to the Lion's motto "WE