BRASHER FALLS - The Quad Town Lions Club is hoping to buy a new eye screener, but it comes with a hefty price tag.
The Spot Vision Screener, including the accessories to print the reports, will cost just shy of $10,000, according to Lions Club member Patti Goodman, who said theyre doing a fundraiser in March in the hopes of raising money for the equipment.
She said the Quad Town Lions Club currently uses eye screeners from the Massena Lions Club or New York State Lions. Theyve provided free eye screenings for more than 500 children in their area and, as a result, many children have been referred to a specialist for an eye exam.
We borrow from Massena or use the districts, which is an older one, Ms. Goodman said.
The new screener would show more problems with childrens eyes, she said. It provides an analysis that determines whether the child needs follow-up care for any eye issues.
Its a lot easier to get readings. It does both eyes at the same time, she said.
The new screener would detect myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), astigmatism (blurred vision or eye structure problems), anisocoria (pupil deviations) and strabismus (eye misalignment).
With the Spot Vision Screener all members of the club will be able to easily use it and eye problems will be detected easier and quicker. Critical early detection leads to early intervention and correction, club members said in a letter soliciting donations.
It will also allow them to serve more children, according to Ms. Goodman. The club represents the towns of Brasher, Stockholm, Lawrence and Hopkinton, and they can work with any of the school districts between the Brasher and Malone area.
Then we can go into other school districts that dont have (eye screenings). Malone doesnt do eye screening. We would love to be able to go to Parishville-Hopkinton because were Quad Town, she said.
Early detection is important, club members said in their letter, recounting the story of one 4-year-old child who had been screened by the Lions Club.
A four-year-old child that we screened was referred to an eye care specialist; he needed glasses to correct his vision problem. Before his eyes were corrected, he called all women with dark hair by one name because he could not distinguish their faces. Once he received and put on his glasses, he said, Daddy, I can see you! He also told his parents right away that he could see a bird. He was thrilled to be able to actually see. To help one child is wonderful, to help many more is our mission, the letter says.
One of the fundraisers they hope will move them toward their goal are Thirty-One parties that will held throughout March. The individual sponsoring the parties will donate 25 percent of her sales to the Quad Town Lions Club toward the purchase of the screener.
Thirty-One Gifts LLC specializes in stylish and functional purses and totes, home organization solutions, travel bags, and more, most of which can be personalized. Items sold include accessories, accessory bags, purses, stationery, thermals, totes and wallets. Thirty-One Gifts products are sold by more than 127,000 independent sales consultants at home parties, according to the companys website.
Since its a fundraiser, shell set up someplace in case people want to see the actual fabric, Ms. Goodman said. They do have books that you can look at on-line (at www.thirtyonegifts.com).
Members of the club will also be soliciting for donations. They plan to visit businesses personally and explain why theyre trying to raise the money, she said.
They also hold 50-50 raffles at different events throughout the year to raise funds for the club, she said.
In addition, donations can be made online at the fundraising site, gofundme.com. The Lions Clubs donation site can be found at www.gofundme.com/4qzd2c. As of Thursday, there had been $130 in donations through the website.
Donations can also be made to Quad Town Lions Club, P.O. Box 161, Winthrop, N.Y. 13697.