Because Lions can't be everywhere at all times.... The Mendenhall Flying Lions have encouraged training on the PlusOptiX Vision Screener by members of the public. We have reached out and trained school nurses as well as nurses in the public health arena who are able to provide screening when we are otherwise not available. Specifically, we have trained a couple nurses who are responsible for health fairs throughout SE Alaska. As such, they are able to take the vision screener with them to these health fairs and provide screening on our behalf. This is a win-win situation because Lion volunteers may not otherwise be available.
This last month, Sonja Engle, Public Health Nurse, has taken the screener to Hoonah and Pelican and screened 36 residents with 4 referrals. We appreciate all that Sonja does for the Club and the communities of Alaska.