Members of the Sterling Lions Club recently conducted a pop-up eye clinic at the INMED Opportunity Center to provide free vision screening for more than 60 children and their family members. Nearly a third were referred for a full eye exam, to be paid for by the club.
“This type of health screening is a real game changer for the at-risk children and families we serve,” stated Jennifer Smith, INMED’s director of U.S. Programs. “They already face numerous opportunity gaps in our community. Being able to see clearly is essential to achieving self-reliance. We’re grateful to the Sterling Lions Club for partnering with INMED to provide this essential service.”
Free vision screening is the focus of the Lions KidSight USA Foundation, a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children age six months through 12 years.
“Every child deserves to have the opportunity to learn and see the world clearly,” stated Michael Winthrop, president of the Sterling chapter. “We hope our free vision screenings will remove a barrier preventing children from achieving their dreams.”
The Lions Club also collects eyeglasses and hearing aids to recondition for free distribution to those in need. Collection boxes can be found at local optical stores, public libraries and community centers.
For more information about the club go to, e-clubhouse.org/sites/sterlingva/.