The Lions Club of Grand Cayman is among those globally participating in Lions World Sight Day and raising awareness about sight-related issues.
“Vision is perhaps one of the club’s greatest strengths and programs, such as the annual sight screening within the schools,” said Ewan Jacques, president of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman. “This allows the club to help our children reach their full potential.”
The Worldwide Week of Service in Sight, Oct. 4-10, focuses on Lions helping friends and neighbors with visual impairments in their communities.
Since Sept. 8, the Lions have been conducting sight screening on all three Cayman islands for Year 1 and Year 7 students and providing assistance and support to those who have been identified as having issues with their vision.
If parents are not able to afford the exam and glasses, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman picks up the cost.
Last year the Lions Club of Grand Cayman screened 1,391 students from all government and private schools on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Of those, 187 students were referred for further testing. A number of students were found with some impairment, according to a Lions press release.
During school checks, Lions look for eye issues that can be caught at a young age and corrected before the eye is fully developed, at around age 8. Eye issues caught early can also help kids with reading. Around age 10-12, myopia (nearsightedness) can become more common, making it difficult for children to read the board in their classrooms, so that is checked too.
Lions suggest that regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good eyesight and eye health.
In addition to addressing needs in the community, the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight project is also an opportunity for the Lions Club of Grand Cayman to support the Lions Clubs International goal of helping 100 million people by its 100th anniversary in 2017.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs globally.
To learn more about sight, the Lions Club of Grand Cayman or its service projects, contact [email protected] The club meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Lions Community Centre.