The Vision Van program is a vision screening program started by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation in 2002 in which Lions Clubs and volunteers throughout the Commonwealt provide FREE vision screenings for children and adults at health fairs and other events. The Vision Van houses screening equipment which is removed from the van and is required to be used in an indoor environment. The Vision Van is ran by volunteers who have been trained to use the equipment. Companies and organizations that host health fairs or want to provide vision screenings to their employees, customers or clients can request the Vision Van and requests are reviewed by our volunteer group and fulfilled based on volunteer availability.
What does a screening cost?
The screenings are FREE thanks fo the support and volunteer efforts of Kentucky Lions Clubs and Program supporters.
Why should I participate in a vision screening?
More than 50,000 Americans lose their sight each year, and nearly half of these individuals go blind needlessly. Prevention is an important aspect of health care and especially vision care. 80% of blindness in the world is preventable with early detection and modern treatment.
A screening does not replace a professional eye examination, but it can help identify individuals at risk for eye disease. Finding eye disease in its early, treatable stages saves sight.
How is a vision screening done?
It is as simple as having your child's picture take. Local Lions Club members and volunteers are trained to use a high-tech camera which takes an image of your child's eyes to detect eye disorders or vision problems in children who are too young to realize or communicate these problems.