This coming year the Dubuque Noon Lions Club are going to provide a Collection Center to gather used eye glasses and hearing aids. This unit will be bright yellow and have Lions Logo Emblems and lettering to indicate as a Lions Collection Box for used eye glasses and hearing aids. These glasses and hearing aids will be collected and transported to our Lions Eyeglass Recycling and Hearing Aid Center to be re-worked and then provided to those in need. This Collection Box will be located left of the Pharmacy Entrance at the Asbury HY-VEE Store.
Iowa KidSight is a joint project of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, dedicated to enhancing the early detection and treatment of vision impairments in young children (target population 6 months of age through kindergarten) in Iowa communities through screening and public education.
For the past fifteen years in the Dubuque area the Dubuque Noon Lions screened 20,997 children and 967 have been referred to eye specialists. With the permission of the parent or guardian the Lions screened these kids by taking two pictures of their eyes with a special digital camera, one horizontal and one vertical simultaneously. Then the images are transmitted to Iowa “KidSight” and reviewed by the Ophthalmology Department of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Screenings are available to all day cares, preschools, and at Kids Expo.
Each year the number of children we screen has grown. Unfortunately, this year screenings have been put on hold due to the pandemic.