Trigg County Lions Club tests kids’ vision, refers to doctor if needed
by Alan Reed
Sep 13, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jayse P’Pool has her vision checked by Ann Knowles at the Trigg County Middle School.  The Lions Club checked the vision of all first, third, fifth and seventh graders in Trigg County Schools.
Jayse P’Pool has her vision checked by Ann Knowles at the Trigg County Middle School. The Lions Club checked the vision of all first, third, fifth and seventh graders in Trigg County Schools.
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The Lions Club has a theme for the philanthropic work of members: vision. Last week, the Cadiz Lions Club spent the week in the Trigg County Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools testing the vision of first, third, fifth and seventh graders.

“We consider 20/20 and 20/30 to be good with our tests. If a child is 20/40 or less we refer to the school nurse for re-testing to make sure the results are right, and send a note home to parents saying a child may need glasses,” said Lions president John Campbell.

Middle School Nurse Sabrina Free said, “I mail the notes to parents. If a child does not want glasses, he or she will not take the note home.”

Good vision is important in education, according to Free. Not only do students need to see lessons in class, but she said that reading and writing improve with better vision. “Some students can’t read or write well before glasses, and after, their work improves.”

Campbell said that not only do Lions provide testing for students, but will refer those in need to an optometrist or ophthalmologist for additional testing. “We work with doctors to provide discounts for needy children and senior citizens if they can’t afford glasses.”

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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