The Gassaway Lions Club will be giving free eye testing at Gassaway Days on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the basement of the Gassaway Community Building. The eye screening machine will determine whether or not a person should be referred to an eye health professional for further treatment.
The Lion’s Club is particularly interested in screening children under the age of five. Certain eye diseases can be treated more effectively if diagnosed early. Children under five will be receive a sticker for their cooperation.
The Gassaway Lions Club is able to use a Plus Optics Eye Screening Machine. This machine costs over Six Thousand Dollars. It was donated by Clay Lion Retired Navy Captain Don Jarvis through the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. Ever since Helen Keller inspired Lions to champion the cause against avoidable blindness in 1925, the Lions have served and advocated for blind and visually impaired people. Worldwide, about 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment. At least one billion of those cases could have been prevented according to the World Health Organization.