Lions' Project KIDsight gives free eye screenings for kids

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SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Lions of Michigan Foundation was at the Marquette County Fair Saturday, Aug. 11, helping kids get ready for school.

It's part of Project KIDsight, a program helping to identify vision disorders in children, ages 6 months to 18 years, that hinder their ability to succeed in school and develop normally.

The Lions Clubs of Michigan began providing free vision screenings in 2003. With the development of technology, they're now able to provide eye screening results within a couple minutes. This year, they were also able to add the Project KIDsight trailer, which allows for screening at outdoor events in the summer.

"What we can do with this camera is we can get kids of school age, it does a quick screening reflecting light off the eyes, taking different measurements. And it is just a screening, and it can recommend whether or not this child really should be seen by an eye care professional. And that's what we hope to do, get them in, get them screened and hopefully get the care they need at an early enough age that any of the issues they have can get caught right away, so they can get to school and keep learning," explains Peggy Lindeman, District Coordinator of Project KIDsight in the Upper Peninsula, and Projects Chair of the Gwinn Lions Club.

If you missed Project KIDsight at the Marquette County Fair, the Lions will be at the Houghton County Fair and Chippewa County Fair. They are also looking to do screenings at other events and schools. For more information you can visit the District 10 Lions website.

Additionally, if you need assistance with glasses or eye care professional screening, reach out to your local Lions Club and they can help.