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Lions hold first diabetic screening of the year

By Staff | Feb 1, 2010

Tom Krekel, right, of the local Lions Club performs a diabetes screening as part of the group's mission to eliminate preventable blindness.

The Sanibel Senior Center on Library Way was the site of the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club’s first diabetic screening of the year.

Diabetes is an insidious disease, explained San-Cap Lions Club President Tom Rothman.

“There may be no symptoms, but it can cause damage to the blood vessels in the eye,” said Rothman. “The Lions’ mission is to eliminate preventable blindness and diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the United States.”

Special training is required to perform this type of screening and three members of the Sanibel-Captiva Lions have been physician certified to administer the test: Tom Krekel, Dick Travas and Tom Rothman.

The next diabetes screening is scheduled for Thursday, Feb, 11 at the Sanibel Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The next vision and hearing screening is scheduled for the Sanibel Senior Center on Monday, Feb. 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

These screenings are offered by the Sanibel-Captiva Lions free of charge as a service to the community. For any additional information, please contact Tom Rothman at 395-3248.