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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 19, 2003

Lions Club to Screen Children's Sight

The Iowa City Host Lions Club will conduct a special screening clinic to help detect vision problems in young children beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Iowa City Community School District's Infant/Toddler Program at 310 East Prentiss St. in Iowa City.

During the clinic, Lions representatives will present a check to the Coming to Your Senses program. The funds were raised through a special fall garden tour hosted by the Iowa City Host Lions Club. Coming to Your Senses provides early screening of the vision of preschool children. The program is supported by a partnership between the Lions of Iowa and the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

"Vision loss affects a significant portion of our population," said William Scott, M.D., professor emeritus of ophthalmology and visual sciences and ophthalmology medical director of Coming to Your Senses. "Early detection and treatment can prevent permanent and debilitating loss of sight. Currently, children are not routinely screened until they enter school. For many, this is too late."

Nearly 13,000 Lions and Lioness of Iowa representing nearly 400 clubs in the state support eyesight programs in their own communities through the Iowa Lions Foundation.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Lori Short, (319) 353-7616, lori-short@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Moore