The Lions clubs in Lee County Florida offer a free program of Vision, Hearing and Diabetes screening for Lee County preschoolers. The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club is a member of this group, and has been since its inception. In addition to being responsible for screenings on Sanibel, your club plans to participate in preschooler screenings in Ft Myers and throughout Lee County.
Last year, participating Lee County Lions clubs held screenings at 26 preschools…a formidable task considering that not all clubs participate. This year, the screening program has been assigned 34 preschools.
Our club’s fund-raising activities support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate accurate screening, and all participating Lions receive training from professionals in the various fields of inquiry.
Is it worth it? You decide: In 2015 & thus far in 2016, the Lee Lions Preschool Screening Program has seen a total of 716 children of whom 42 have been referred for further evaluation of vision anomalies, and 102 have been referred for hearing difficulties. Would these problems have been caught without screening? Eventually, they might be. But early detection in this age group can be the key to successful outcomes.
In addition to the preschool program, the Sanibel Captiva Lions will also be scheduling four adult Vision, Hearing and Diabetes screenings this season to be held at the Island Senior Center and the Sanibel Recreation Center. The dates, times and locations of these adult screenings will be posted on the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club website: sanibelcaptivalions.org.
All screenings are free and open to everyone.