Lions will host mobile screening in Vermillion

Lions will host mobile screening in Vermillion The South Dakota Lions Mobile Screening Unit will be in Vermillion Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13, to screen interested persons for glaucoma, vision, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar.

The screening is sponsored by the Lions Club of South Dakota and the Lions Sight and Service Foundation of South Dakota. The mobile unit will operate from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day.

Members of the Vermillion Lions Club and community volunteers from the USD Physician's Assistants program led by Lion Gloria Stewart will provide additional help.

In addition, Dr. Cindy Johnson and her staff will be doing glaucoma testing.

Examinations will be free, however donations will be accepted. Testing requires only a few minutes. Those being tested who are on medications should take all normal medications as usual.

Medical screenings are important for many reasons. For example, glaucoma occurs in people of all ages, from children to older adults. However, it is more likely to develop in people who are over 35 years old, very nearsighted or diabetic.

The tendency to develop glaucoma may be inherited, since relatives of glaucoma patients are more likely to develop glaucoma themselves.

Persons with glaucoma suffer from abnormally high inner eye pressure which persists over a period of time and damage progresses slowly as the eye's drainage canals gradually become clogged.

Diabetes screening also will be done. A blood sample will be taken from the finger and the result given within a couple of minutes. Persons screened for diabetes need not fast, however, they should not eat or drink anything except water for at least one hour before the test, and should not eat or drink anything sweet for at least two hours before taking the tests.

Blood pressure will be taken so it's advisable to wear appropriate clothing. Hearing and vision will also be tested. If any person's tests show signs of a problem or readings outside the normal range, he or she will be notified so that arrangements for further testing or consultation with a doctor can be made.

The Lions Club will also be collecting used eye glasses, hearing aids and hearing aid type batteries at the screening site.

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