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Lions Club offers screening


West Knoxville Lions Club member Ron Riehn said it is estimated that 5 percent of Tennesseeís 1.2 million children have some type of eye problem other than the need for glasses.

Problems include those that can cause lazy eye, such as misaligned eyes, refractive errors and congenital cataracts. These problems are normally not evidenced just by looking at a child, and are easily treated in a young child.

Lions Club volunteers offer a fee screening to help identify these problems. They have been trained to operate a special handheld camera called an MTI Photoscreener. This camera can help detect eye problems in children ages 1 to 5 years old who are too young to communicate possible vision problems and is completely non-invasive.

The results of a childís screening are evaluated at Vanderbilt Medical Center. If a problem is detected, the child will be referred to an ophthalmologist or optometrist in the parentís community.

In order to continue the program, West Knoxville Lions Club is in the process of raising additional funds. To help pay for new cameras, West Knoxville Lions Club is dedicating the funds from their annual golf tournament to this project.

The tournament begins at 1 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge. Entry fee per player is $80. Lunch will be served before the tournament, and is included in the entry fee. For more information on fund-raising efforts or having your child screened, contact Lions Club district coordinator Jim McFarland at 865-925-3334.

 

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