On Tuesday April 23, 2019, A special event was held for the children of the Fran Cohen Youth Center located on the Salvation Army Naples Campus at 1472 Airport Road South, Naples Florida. It was a collaboration between the Latchkey League members and the Naples Lions Club.
The event was coordinated to offer free vision and hearing screenings to all the children who participate in the afterschool programs at the Center.
The purpose of the screenings is to identify any problems with vision and hearing that might affect students’ academic performance. Volunteers perform eye exams, provide eyeglasses and hearing aids and when necessary refer patients for eye surgery.
The Lion’s motto, “We Serve”, speaks to their simple mission improving individual quality of life through medical services. The organization began in 1917 over 100 years ago. The Naples Chapter of the Lions Club is in its 82nd year of service to Collier County residents. They collaborate with the Lions Club Free Eye Clinic in Bonita Springs to provide services to underserved residents of SW Florida. Volunteers perform eye exams, provide eyeglasses and hearing aids and when necessary refer patients for eye surgery. They also support the Lighthouse of Collier which serves adult residents that are visually impaired and fund a summer camp for children with visual problems.
The goal is to identify vision and hearing problems, especially in preschool children in Collier County and to provide screening services to the uninsured, economically challenged, through community screenings. The community screenings seek to identify individuals with high blood sugar that might face diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Doctors screen for glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in an effort inform participants about potential health issues and how to prevent loss of vision.
For additional information on Lions Club of Naples, Contact: Dr. Austin Raabe, 239.777.4597, email email@example.com or visit the website, www.napleslionsclub.com