The Apex Lions Club was proud to participate in this years Apex Senior Health Fair (link). We provided free vision screenings with our SPOT Vision Screener to everyone who wanted one. In addition we had a table setup to share information about our club and lionism in general and we donated a Lions Club coffee mug for the raffle at the end of the day. There were dozens of vendors there and this is what the room looked like. We had a great spot visible as you can see from this photo which was the view as you entered.
It was a good event for us where we met several potential new members, talked to quite a few people and performed 30 vision screenings. Out of those screenings there were 10 referrals made and we had a few that we were unable to scan due to small pupils. That could have been just due to naturally small pupils or perhaps there was just a bit too much light in the room we used. It was fairly dark but not completely dark. We may need to make some small adjustments next year. Still, it was a successful event overall and we got a lot of exposure for our new vision screening camera (pun absolutely intended).
Pictured here is a screening in progress. The picture is grainy because the room was dark so the picture had to be lightened significantly. The camera operator (left) just has to be within a few feet of the patient (right) and point the camera at the patient’s eyes. After a few seconds the camera has the image it needs and displays the results. From there, we can print the results so the patient can take them to their eye doctor if a referral is made. The whole process just takes a few minutes.
Pictured here is a patient looking over the results. She was very impressed with what the camera can do in just a few seconds. It really is a remarkable demonstration of technology. This device is particularly useful for children who are too young to read an eye chart for a “normal” eye exam since no reading is necessary. And it is also useful for non-English speaking patients. We would love to be able to provide this service for schools, preschools, daycares, church groups, or any other place where we can reach children or non-English speaking people who could benefit from free eye screenings.