Submitted by the Lions Club

The Nevada Lion’s Club has been part of a very important program called "Kidsight" for several years now. Kidsight is a program that takes pictures of young children’s eyes to detect vision problems at an early age.

Several of the Nevada Lion’s Club members have been trained to take the pictures. Appointments are set up with teachers, who have been very cooperative, as two or three Lions take the pictures. While the pictures we take do not make the determination of exactly what the problem may be, if any, they are sent to Iowa City, where a technician reads them and can tell if the child has an optical problem. If it is determined there is a problem, the parents of the child are notified and advised to take him or her to an optometrist.

Over the years, Kidsight has helped thousands of kids get help for their eyes before their problems get worse.

The Nevada Lion’s Club has just finished taking 114 pictures of Headstart, preschool and kindergarten kids’ eyes in Nevada. The process has been speeded up considerably by the transformation from the old Polaroid-type camera to the new digital cameras. The Lion’s Clubs of Iowa are still in the process of buying more digital cameras, but they cost close to $10,000 per camera. We as an individual club may not be able to pay for a camera, so we are asking that anyone who would like to contribute to this very worthy cause, please talk to any Lion’s Club members.

The emphasis of the Lion’s Clubs around the world has always been on sight and seeing from the very beginning of Lionism. Our local Lion’s Club is participating in several sight programs. We have collected several hundred pair of eyeglasses this year, which are recycled and used wherever they are needed. We have been able to help several people who are not able to pay for their glasses, and we have two members who each make up to a couple of trips a month starting the process of getting eye tissue to Iowa City, to be used for eye transplant and in other ways. The pony express-type transport begins in Ames, heads to near Des Moines and eventually to Grinnell, where someone continues the trip to Iowa City. If there are eyes or eye tissues available, the transport goes on every day of the year.

If you have any questions, please talk to Lion Willy Morfitt, the local Lion’s health and sight committee chairperson.