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Friday, Aug 22, 2014
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Brandon, St. Pete Lions screen Ruskin students for vision problems


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RUSKIN — Members of the Brandon Lions Club and St. Petersburg Lions Club recently screened 566 Cypress Creek Elementary School kindergarten, first- and third-grade students for vision problems.

Checking children’s vision is important because a young person’s learning capabilities are the foundation for academic success, said Past District Governor Louis Cantrell of the St. Petersburg Lions Club.

Cantrell brought his club’s two OPTIX S-09 electronic screening devices which, when pointed directly at the children’s eyes, recorded four types of conditions. The information was saved on a computer and printed on stickers for use by the school’s nurses.

Of the children screened, 113 were referred, “mainly for refraction corrections and normal eyeglasses, 23 for astigmatism, 14 for amblyopia and four for lazy eye,” said Cantrell, who is on the board of directors of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in Tampa, first vice president of the Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind and district chairman for the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program.

Lions Clubs International has a membership of 1.35 million in more than 200 countries, according to its website. Primary among services rendered is assistance with vision health, but Lions help in various ways in local communities and around the world.

Visit www.brandonlions.org for more information.

Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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