Lions mobile screening unit to visit Vermillion

Lions mobile screening unit to visit Vermillion The SD Lions Mobile Screening Unit will be in Vermillion, Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19, at the National Guard Armory during Lions' Pancake Days.

People will be screened for glaucoma, vision, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar (diabetes). This screening is also in conjunction with Governor Janklow's Diabetes Awareness and Screening during the month of April.

The screening is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of South Dakota and the Lions Sight and Service Foundation of South Dakota. The mobile unit will operate Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Thursday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Testing will be done by USD School of Medicine Physician Assistant students under the supervision of Lion Gloria Stewart, director of the program. Members of the Vermillion Lions Club will provide help with forms. Examinations will be free, however donations will be accepted.

Testing requires only a few minutes. Please call the Senior Citizens Center at 624-8072 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however, those with appointments will have first priority. If you are on medications, you should take all normal medications as usual that day.

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, 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.

About 2.5 million Americans have open-angle glaucoma, the most common form. Most people who have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and have 20/20 vision. There are no early warning symptoms for open-angle glaucoma, which is why this common form is often called the "sneak thief of sight."

Diabetes screening will be done using a blood sample that 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 taking the tests. Blood pressure will be taken so it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing.

If any tests show signs of a problem or readings outside the normal range, you will be notified so you can make arrangements for further testing, checking or consultation at the appropriate doctor or clinic of your choice.

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

Circle April 18 and 19 on your calendar and call the Senior Citizens Center at 624-8072 for an appointment.

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