Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation volunteers provided 3,450 free vision screenings during the 2018 Kentucky State Fair

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The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation’s Vision Van can be found each year in the Health Horizons area of the Kentucky State Fair providing free vision screenings to fair attendees. This year the Lions Club members and volunteers who came from across the state provided screenings to 3,450 people. Of those screened, 1,002 were below the age of seven.
“Our vision screening program volunteers use optical equipment to look for vision impairment and some common ocular health issues and strive to educate the public about the importance of visiting an eye doctor regularly,” said Jennifer Hunt, KLEF communications coordinator. “This year nearly one-third of our screenings were provided to young children under the age of 7, most of whom have never been to an eye doctor.The American Optometric Association reports that at least 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. If not detected early, some vision problems may be difficult to correct. It is our goal to detect these problems and refer these children to vision providers to seek treatment.”
Nearly 400 volunteers donated their time to work in the vision screening booth, which was open all 11 days of the fair from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Thirty five Lions Clubs throughout the state, including the Lebanon Lions Club, sent volunteers to help. The vision screening booth was sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Lions Club, The Eye Care Institute in Louisville, Second Chance at Life and Rebion.
Last year KLEF and Lions Club volunteers provided over 49,000 free vision screenings in Kentucky. Over the past 64 years, KLEF has made many advances in vision and eye care possible through the dedication of Lions Clubs of Kentucky, Lions Club International Foundation, Kentucky Colonels, WHAS Crusade for Children and other supporters who have allowed us to provide over 250,000 free vision screenings since 2002.
For more information contact KLEF at 502-583-0564 or go to www.kylionseye.org.