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Quad Town Lions Club raising money for improved eye screener


BRASHER FALLS — The Quad Town Lions Club is hoping to buy a new eye screener, but it comes at a hefty price tag.

The Spot Vision Screener, including the accessories to print the reports, costs nearly $10,000, according to Lions Club member Patti Goodman, who said the club is planning a fundraiser for the equipment.

The club uses eye screeners from the Massena Lions Club or New York State Lions. More than 500 children in the club’s area have received screenings, and many have been referred to a specialist.

The new screener would show more problems with children’s eyes, Ms. Goodman said. It provides an analysis that determines whether the child needs follow-up care.

“It’s a lot easier to get readings. It does both eyes at the same time,” she said.

The new screener would detect myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), astigmatism (blurred vision or eye structure problems), anisocoria (pupil deviations) and strabismus (eye misalignment).

“With the Spot Vision Screener all members of the club will be able to easily use it and eye problems will be detected easier and quicker. Critical early detection leads to early intervention and correction,” club members said in a letter soliciting donations.

It also will allow the club to serve more children, Ms. Goodman said. The club represents Brasher, Stockholm, Lawrence and Hopkinton, and can work with any of the school districts between Brasher and Malone.

Early detection is important, club members said in their letter, recounting the story of one child who was screened by the Lions Club.

“A four-year-old child that we screened was referred to an eye care specialist; he needed glasses to correct his vision problem. Before his eyes were corrected, he called all women with dark hair by one name because he could not distinguish their faces. Once he received and put on his glasses, he said, ‘Daddy, I can see you!’ He also told his parents right away that he could see a bird. He was thrilled to be able to actually see. To help one child is wonderful; to help many more is our mission,” the letter said.

The fundraisers include Thirty-One Gifts parties this month, with the person sponsoring the party donating 25 percent of sale proceeds to the club.

Club members will also solicit donations, which may be sent to Quad Town Lions Club, P.O. Box 161, Winthrop, N.Y. 13697.

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