Lions Clubs put focus on sight and sound

Area Lions Clubs gather in Rock Island for their convention

Rock Island, Illinois - As members of area Lions Clubs come together for their convention, they're placing a focus on sight and sound. 

The service organization provides hearing and vision screenings Saturday, April 14 with their mobile buses that travel across the state.

Part of the Lions Club's mission is to help serve the needs of the sight and hearing-impaired community.

One of their newer tools is a hand-held screener to help see if children as young as six-months-old have eye problems. 

Lions Club District Governor Ray Parrish said, "If you can detect the problem early enough and get that one eye corrected, so everything returns back to normal again, but we are not designed to replace optometrists or ophthalmologists, our goal is to help do some initial screening."

Parrish said they refer those who need to follow up on their hearing or sight to this a professionals office.

He said the service group is looking to partner with area schools and daycares to provide vision screens to more kids. 

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