Several fundraisers are coming up to help the Tega Cay Lions Club pay for a PediaVision SPOT unit, a sophisticated diagnostic instrument that allows for fast, accurate eyesight screening results across all age groups.
Early detection is key to preventing vision problems, said Dr. Larry Jerge of Tega Cay Eye Care. The SPOT unit will help replace the traditional Snellen eye chart method, which is based on a chart created 150 years ago, Jerge said.
More than 12 million school children struggle with vision problems every day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies show that 25 percent of school-age children in America suffer from a vision problem. The Tega Cay Lions Club, working in conjunction with the Fort Mill Lions, hopes to put a dent in those numbers by providing early vision screenings in schools and at community events such as health fairs and festivals, MacBride said.
The SPOT unit also detects major vision issues, including farsightedness, nearsightedness and blurred vision, according to the PediaVision website.
“It’s revolutionary,” Jerge said.
Local Lions Club members want to train a team on the SPOT unit and provide screenings throughout the community.
Small donations can be made by dropping change in the club’s “800,000 Pennies for Sight” collection jars at the Tega Cay Eye Care, located inside the Tega Cay Walmart, 1151 Stonecrest Blvd.
The Lions Club also collects hearing aids and about 2,500 pairs of glasses annually. Glasses and hearing aids can be dropped off at Tega Cay Eye Care, InFocus Eye Care, 1701 First Baxter Crossing in Baxter Village and the Tega Cay Pharmacy, 729 Crossroads Plaza in Fort Mill.