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January 26, 2011 - Clarkston Area Lions Club's Project Kidsight offers free vision screening to children 6 months-5 years old.

Volunteers use a PediaVision digital camera to take pictures of children's eyes.

"It replaces a Polaroid camera we would send send photos to the hospital and it would take weeks to get results," said Chris Savage, Project Kidsight coordinator.

The new screening program reports results within five seconds "Pass" for no vision problem detected. "Refer" means the child should be seen by an eyecare specialist. The Clarkston Lions purchased the camera, which cost almost $10,000, using local donations through White Cane Sales and other fund raisers.

"Community support is amazing," Savage said. "This is a very generous community."

Screenings are set at Clarkston PTA Family Health and Fitness Expo at the Clarkston Community Education building, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb 5; and Independence Township Library, 1-4 p.m., May 21.

"We hope to offer lot more screenings," she said. "Any time a bunch of kids are there, we want to be there."

For more information, call 248-975-6072 or check www.clarkstonlions.org.

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