Lions Eye Clinic gets new equipment

Diane Benson of the Lions Eye Clinic demonstrates an auto kerato-refractor with Carson Lewis-Ramoon, observed by Lions and hospital staff. – Photo: Jewel Levy

The Lions Eye Clinic has been given new equipment to carry out speedier eye tests.

The donated equipment, which the clinic received on Friday, is a combination of several instruments in one, which takes measurements of a patient’s eye, pressure, corneal curvature and corneal thickness.

Eye examiners can get four measurements from this one machine, explained Diane Benson, a certified ophthalmic technician at the clinic.

One instrument measures eyeglasses, she said. “We put the lens into the machine and it tells us what lens strength … is in your eyeglasses.”

The new equipment replaces an old auto-refractor, which Ms. Benson likened to having a Ford and replacing it with a Rolls-Royce. “The old auto-refractor only gave us two measurements, but it did its job until it died and had to be discarded.”

She also said the equipment is necessary to increase efficiency in diagnosing eye conditions.

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman, along with the HSBC Charitable Foundation, donated the US$28,000 worth of equipment to the clinic.

Lion Tannya Mortimer thanked HSBC for partnering with Lions to purchase the equipment.

Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the Health Services Authority, is grateful for Lions’ continued support over the years. She said they not only helped to upgrade the equipment at the eye clinic, but also helped with the upkeep of the building.

Ms. Benson thanked the Lions for their continued support of the eye clinic.

This month Lions celebrate their Legacy project, White Cane Week, which focuses on sight conservation, and 100 years in Lionism.

White Cane Week, observed by Lions Clubs worldwide, calls attention to the use of the white cane by the visually impaired, and raises money to support services for the visually impaired.

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