La. Lions take site on schoolchildren’s eyes _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- Jackson Lions Club member Greg Canfield gives Zamari Oxley a vision screening at Quad Area Head Start on Sept. 11.

This past school year, Lions Clubs throughout Louisiana screened a record number of children, according to Jeff Robinson, coordinator of the Louisiana Lions Cubsight Program.

Over 26,800 children were seen by Lions this past year, Robinson said, with over 2,000 children referred.

“Based on the exam results receive back from the doctors, the vast majority of these referrals had significant vision disorders that may result in permanent loss of vision,” Robinson said.

Because of the Lions of Louisiana, most of these children will have the opportunity to have their vision restored.

In spite of the best efforts to follow up on every referral, a number of them will not receive the care they need. For various reasons, their parents will not take them to an eye doctor for the recommended exam.

Because of the follow-up efforts of Lions of Louisiana, Robinson said, the Lions know most will follow through with their recommendation to seek professional eye care.

Jackson Lions Club member Beth Dawson said Robinson came to East Feliciana Parish along with members of the Jackson Lions Club on Sept. 11 and screened over 150 students at Quad Area in Clinton, Silliman, and Quad Area in Jackson.

“The parents of these students will receive a follow-up report in the mail shortly,” Dawson said.