Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2017

Top of the Morning, Feb. 15, 2017

On Jan. 19, members of the Lions Club screened 15 children for vision disorders inside a Champaign Head Start classroom. It was the kickoff to a yearlong project with the goal of testing every Head Start student in Champaign County.

"We think we could have a major impact on the community," Lions Club member Jay Hoeflinger said.

It's a learning experience — involving a Plusoptix S12C screening device — for many of the club's 40 members. Thankfully, they're dealing with patient kids, who sit on a chair next to a teacher during the test.

"We tell the kids to look at the smiley face on the device," he said. "For a handful of them, the screening took longer because of our inexperience with the device. But the kids stuck with it."

They're checking for amblyopia, astigmatism and other sight disorders, recommending optometrists if need be. "The earlier the condition is detected," Hoeflinger said, "the more treatable it is."

The next session is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Champaign. If you're interested in helping out, drop by the club's weekly meeting at 11:45 a.m. today at The Windsor of Savoy.

"The plan is to do one screening per month," Hoeflinger said.

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