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Solon Lions to sponsor free vision screening at Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Centennial Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age at Kids Corner during Beef Days Saturday, July 22, starting at noon.
“We encourage families to bring their children in for a free vision screening,” said Scott Kleppe, club president. “The actual screening takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime.”
More than 12 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem, yet only one in three have received eye care services before age 6. Many vision problems run the risk of becoming permanent if not corrected by age 7, when the eye reaches full maturity. Vision also plays an important role in education. According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual.
“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Kleppe. “We want to make sure that correctible vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.”
For more information on the screening event or to learn more about the Solon Centennial Lions Club and its service projects, contact soloncentenniallionsclub@gmail.com or on Facbook at Solon Centennial Lions Club.
The screening event is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen children from 6 months to 6 years of age. KidSight USA was developed by Lions in the U.S. to protect the eye health of America’s children in their early years. Lions in the U.S. currently screen more than 500,000 children per year. Learn more about Lions KidSight USA at KidSightUSA.org.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. Learn more about Lions Clubs International at lionsclubs.org.