Free vision screenings available for children

Dr. Tara Kirk, OD. and member of the Toms River Township Visionary Lions Club, administered free visionary screenings at the Toms River library branch. She will return to the branch July 22 and the Lacey branch twice in September.

Dr. Tara Kirk, OD. and member of the Toms River Township Visionary Lions Club, administered free visionary screenings at the Toms River library branch. She will return to the branch July 22 and the Lacey branch twice in September.


The Toms River Township Visionary Lions Club offered children, ages 6 months and up, free visionary screenings at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library Thursday July 17.

Dr. Tara Kirk OD, a member of the Lions Club, used the Spot Vision screening camera to determine the health of the child’s eye. The results were printed to show normal vision, near sighted or far sighted vision, astigmatism, pupil size, and eye alignment. If a problem is detected a follow-up visit with an optometrist is recommended.

The Lions Club, an international nonprofit organization with several Ocean County branches, may be able to help those who cannot afford any follow-up complete vision screening visits with an optometrist. Qualification forms are available to arrange payment through the Lions Club. The Lions Club also offers a new pair of glasses for people who qualify. It also collects old glasses that are distributed by volunteers on their mission trips.

The Lions Club will return to the Ocean County Library and offer free visionary screenings to children:
Toms River branch: 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200, noon Tue. July 22;
Lacey branch: 10 E Lacey Rd., 609-693-8566, Mon. Sept. 8 and Tue. Sept 30.

The initial visionary screenings are free for children. For more information about times telephone the branch or check the Lions club website http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/tomsrivervisionarynj

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