Lion eyes: $10K for vision screen machine by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · November 02, 2012
Lincoln Edwards, 6, wears an eye patch. Keaton Norfleet, 5, now wears glasses.
Both boys’ eye problems were discovered after the West Branch Lions Club brought a digital vision screening camera to two different sites in the city the past few years — Edwards was screened at his day care when he was 4; Norfleet during the Parent-Teacher Organization’s spring carnival earlier this year.
Edwards is a son of Main Street Program Director Mackenzie (Edwards) Krob, who also serves as ad manager of the West Branch Times. Norfleet is this reporter’s youngest son.
They are among many of other Cedar County children helped by the club’s free eye screening program called Iowa KidSight. And last week the Cedar County Foundation awarded the Lions Club a $10,000 grant to buy another iScreen Vision machine, which will be matched by the civic organization to purchase a second.
“I think it’s tremendous,” Lions Vice President Mike Scaffinger said of acquiring the grant. “We think it’s going to be great for us.”
Scaffinger said the Lions Club partnered with MSWB and Krob wrote the grant.
“We applied and hoped we would get lucky,” he said.
Krob’s son’s benefitting from the Lions Club program made her more interested in going after the grant, she said.
“It was kind of a way for me to give back,” she said. “And the Lions do a lot for Main Street. I think it’s a great program.”
The groups applied in September and found out they had won on Oct. 22. There will be a formal presentation in Tipton on Nov. 8.
Scaffinger said the Lions Club’s KidSight office is in Iowa City, coordinating the screening programs for all of the Lions Clubs in the state. The more cameras they can buy, the more screenings the clubs can conduct each year, he said.
While Lions Club members are trained to use the cameras, the results are sent to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences for review. Families are then notified if potential problems are found so that they may contact an optometrist for follow-up.
The Lions Club will offer free eye screenings to children Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Healthy Lifestyle Festival at Town Hall. For more information, you may contact Iowa KidSight at 319-353-7616.
The Healthy Lifestyle Festival includes prizes like pedometers, an exercise ball, gift baskets, a heart rate monitor and physical therapy sessions. Interactive booths will showcase pet registration, show choir and men's choir, child seats and Internet safety, flag etiquette, a child art area, volunteering, interior design, a yoga demonstration, massages, healthy snacks, organic farming, and the proper way to wear backpacks and shovel snow. For more information, contact Mackenzie (Edwards) Krob at 319-430-6094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.