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2017-01-25 / Front Page

Lions Work To Prevent Blindness

Ron Galley


District Governor Kermit Mott explains the “Spot Camera.” 
Ron Galley/The Reporter District Governor Kermit Mott explains the “Spot Camera.” Ron Galley/The Reporter At the Thursday, Jan. 19, Lions Club meeting at Danny’s Restaurant, the district governor and past governor of Region 20 demonstrated a new Spot Camera, which can detect eye defects in children. Former District Governor Kermit Mott explained to those attending how the camera works and how it can benefit students in area schools.

Representatives from Delaware Academy in Delhi and Walton Central School were present.

Current District Governor Linda Mott presented her visitation at the ceremony.

The Lions Club arranges a time at participating schools to bring the spot camera to test the vision of students in grades Pre- K to second grade. Mott explained the camera can check for tumors behind the eye and other potential vision problems, such as lazy eye. As many as 100 students can be checked in an hour. If the screening indicates a possible vision problem, the school nurse will notify the parents and recommend a follow up with a doctor. Mott says there is a 10-15 percent referral rate.

At this time, the Spot Camera is on loan to the local Lions Club, but members are looking into purchasing a Spot Camera, which costs $7500.

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