continued “We need a minimum reliability of 7 before we submit the results,” Lavarnway said. “We do not know the significance of the other measurements taken and we do not interpret them. The data is sent to the Ira G. Ross Eye Institute in Buffalo, where it is analyzed by professionals. They, in turn, send those results directly back to the parents and/or the school for their records. If a problem is detected, recommendations for the next steps are given to the parents.”
About 3 to 5 percent of students screened are identified with a problem, Lavarnway said.
The Schroon Lions are working with local school officials to conduct the screenings.
“These were our first sessions and we coordinated them through the superintendents and the school nurses who provided the necessary contact with the parents,” Lavarnway said of the Schroon Lake and Crown Point screenings. “Everything went very smoothly and we thank all the folks involved for their help.”
Lions Dennis D’Amico and Cathy Moses are co-chairs of the Lions SEE program in Schroon Lake.
“Our Lions Club has many ways that we support individuals and groups in our area,” D’Amico said. “I can’t think of any, however, that are more in line with what Lions do than to screen a child’s eyes to prevent a lifetime of vision problems.”
The Schroon Lions will reach out to other schools and day care centers in the area to schedule more screenings in the near future.
In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, Lions have worked to aid the blind and visually impaired.
“It goes back to the original emphasis and focus of the Lions’ mission to combat blindness; to help these young students who have their entire lives ahead of them makes it even more special,” Moses said of the SEE program.
Information on the Lions SEE program is available online at www.LionsSEE.org.
“I would like to thank everyone who supports the efforts of the Lions,” Lavarnway said. “We rely on the generosity of the people we serve to maintain our programs and to add new ones such as the Lions SEE program.“