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See to your eyesight at Saturday’s Vision Fair

Burkey Musselman
Special to the Post Independent

The free Vision Fair sponsored by the Glenwood Lions Club will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood campus, 1504 Blake Ave. The fair is open to everyone wishing to learn more about their vision.

Several Glenwood eye doctors will donate their time for consultations and screening. This will include vision acuity, color vision, visual fields, both blood and eye pressure and general eye-health testing. Eyeglass repair also will be available.

Although vision screening at the Vision Fair is not a substitute for a complete eye examination, the testing is designed to identify vision problems that should be addressed by further professional analysis and treatment.

Vision Fair is separate from the annual Health Fair at Valley View Hospital and will be more specialized and focused (no pun intended) on eye problems.

This year’s Vision Fair will have information on many Lions-sponsored vision programs in the area, including the Photo-Screener, used to identify eye problems in infants, and the Visigraph Eye Movement Screener, used to identify and manage eye-tracking problems in infants and children.

The late Helen Keller charged Lions in a 1925 speech to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” and for nearly 80 years Lions have been accepting her challenge. Today, Lions Clubs, the world’s largest service organization, have as their principal purpose the promotion of healthy vision.

The national Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP) is to promote community programs for detecting and treating diabetic eye disease and glaucoma, as well as for encouraging public awareness and treatment for low vision. Some 2,800 clubs in 32 states now participate in LEHP.

Lions support a national eye bank program, the nearest center being in Denver. Locally, Valley View Hospital participates in this program.

Lions also support a national leader-dog program, and local resident Nancy Stevens will be present at the fair to describe the program. The nation-wide program has a dog-training center in Michigan.

And for the past 70 years, Lions clubs have been collecting all types of used and unneeded eyeglasses for recycling to needy persons.

During the 2002-03 year, some 6.5 million pairs were collected and then 3.5 million were renovated and distributed to persons in developing nations. There are legal constraints on dispensing prescription glasses in the United States. There are 11 Lions eyeglass recycling centers in the world, six of them in this country.

The Glenwood Lions Club collects donated eyeglasses in boxes located around the city. More than 1,200 eyeglasses are collected each year in Glenwood.

To learn more about donations, call Jack or Gloria Coates at 945-7099.

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