The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year’s Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.
The members recently purchased a Pediavision Spot Vision Screener, and free visioning screening will be available during the club’s fifth annual Ham & Bean Supper, President Elwyn Maneth said.
The event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 24th and Washington. Tickets for the dinner are on sale now for $6. The price includes a drink and dessert; dine-in our carry-out. For ticket information call 620-282-2598 or 282-9262 or 282-1343.
The vision screener, known as the Spot, is designed for children as young as 6 months. A trained technician at the Lions Club event will screen anyone from 6 months to 100 years old, Maneth said.
“Anyone can come and get their eyes check,” he said. “They can take the information to their eye doctor.”
The Spot will detect astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and differences between the two eyes. A “gaze analysis” helps determine eye misalignment, lazy eye and pupil size abnormalities.
Cathy Estes, the children’s services coordinator at Sunflower Diversified Service’s Early Education Center, contacted the Great Bend Noon Lions Club about the need for a new vision-screening device last year. Their efforts got the ball rolling and with other donations the $7,600 spot was purchased. The Great Bend Noon and Evening Lions own the equipment but it is housed at the Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road.