Lions clubs in Marshall County have purchased a special camera that will be used to detect potential eye problems in young children.
The clubs in Benton, Draffenville and Calvert City gathered Wednesday to unveil the Pediavision Spot camera, which will be placed in area preschools and day cares as part of the Lions' KidSight program, according to Benton Lions Club President Kip Mathis.
KidSight is a Lions Clubs program that provides vision screening for young children and education to parents about the importance of good vision in children. Teachers will help with getting the kids in line and ready for the test and Lions Club members will operate the camera, fill out paperwork and print the results.
Benton Lions Club secretary Theo Gammel said "one of the main things that we don't want to happen is for any child to fall through the cracks. Therefore we print off the results and the teachers help to make sure it gets to the parents and the Lions Club state organization also gets the results and follows up with the particular child to make sure they are getting the help they need."
The Lions Club members will be trained how to use the $7,000 camera. The instrument is simply held at eye level of the patient and takes a picture of the eyes.
If a problem is detected, the child's parents will receive a letter of referral to a local optometrist.
The Benton, Draffenville and Calvert City clubs covered half of the bill while the clubs' district governor, Eldon Pontius, provided the rest.
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