The Aberdeen Lions Club recently held a vision screening in the parking lot of Wal-Mart to help 43 people find out how well they could see.
The results were highly disturbing, according to a club member.
“It was found that 60 percent of those screened were advised to have a complete eye examination, and fuve were advised to see an eye doctor as soon as possible,” says the spokesman.
Thirty-seven hearing tests were also administered.
“Thanks to our professional volunteers Keith Poindexter, O.D., from the Spectrum Eye Center, and Tarra Millender, M.D., Arghavan Almony, M.D., and Andrew Apple, O.D., from Carolina Eye Associates, during the six-hour screening five people were discovered to have glaucoma,” says the spokesman. “Three of those screened had never had an eye exam. Also 12 diabetics were screened, giving them the opportunity to keep a check on their vision at no cost, as diabetics is the number one cause of blindness.”
The Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) is a 60-foot long customized trailer owned and operated by the Lions of North Carolina. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment used to conduct the screenings. Over the past three years the MSU has been used to perform 38,155 eye screenings, from the mountains to the coast.
The Aberdeen Lions were professionally briefed on the use of the equipment before the basic exams were performed. When these tests were concluded and even slightly other than routine results were found, the person’s screening was referred to one of the doctors in attendance.
If recommendations were made for that individual to have a complete eye examination and the individual was unable to afford the expense of seeing an eye professional, the Aberdeen Lions are willing to lend a hand with the cost.
Over the past three years, 3,108 eye exams and 6,017 pair of eyeglasses were provided by the Lions of North Carolina.
Those interested in serving the community with the Aberdeen Lions Club should contact Brad Logsdon at (910) 692-7966 or email@example.com.