Mandan Lions sight for children
By Dustin White,
Mandan News, editor
Vision is an important sense that most take for granted. Yet, throughout the state, there are many who suffer from vision impairments.
According to the American Foundation for the Blind, as of 2012, more than 10,000 individuals in the state were afflicted with some form of vision loss. More than 10 percent of those are either young adults or children.
As vision problems can have a serious impact on a child’s early development, the Mandan Lions Club is working, along with the Lions Foundation of North Dakota, to help bring ten vision-screening devices to the state.
“The Lions are focused on helping with vision problems in the area,” said Bill Schott, member of the Mandan Lions. “We want to make sure the children get the care that they need for their eyes as it will effect their education and well-being.”
Currently, the Mandan Lions work to help cover expenses for corrective eyeglasses for children who are in need of them. With the addition of the vision-screening devices, the scope of their work can greatly expand.
Upon the launching of their Vision Screening Program, the intention is to catch problems early among pre-school and young children. The goal is to serve the one group the Lions see as being the most often underserved.
The program also seeks to encourage parents and guardians to get children the help that they need in regard to vision.
In order to help fund the costs of the vision-screening devices, the Lions have planned a number of events.
The next event will be a breakfast on April 6. There will be pancakes, sausage, fruit, milk, juice and coffee served, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 12:30 p.m. The event will be hosted at the Mandan Moose Club.
The event is open to the public. Adults are $5; children (7-12) are $3, and those six and under are free. All proceeds will go to help funding this program.