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Lions Club announces final health screening date

By Staff | Mar 6, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club will host its final health screening on March 11 at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club will host its final complimentary health screening on March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sanibel Recreation Center, at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road.

Screenings include diabetes, glaucoma, hearing and blood pressure tests, and no appointment is necessary.

“It takes about a half hour per screening,” Rick Siders, a retired physician, said. “The screening allows us to detect any potential diabetics, vision impairment or hearing loss. We then refer them to local physicians for further diagnosis and/or treatment.”

While sight is undoubtedly one of the Lions defining causes, diabetes has become the leading cause of new-onset blindness and those with Type 1 or Type 2 are at risk. It is why the Lions have taken action to support diabetes awareness, education, prevention, detection, control and research of the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss with another billion at risk. In addition to hearing screenings, the Lions have developed an array of programs for those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club typically performs 110 individual health screenings each year and have introduced retina screenings. The club partners with an ophthalmologist to professionally read the retina camera screening results.

“We enjoy seeing those who return each year, but hope to see some new faces,” Siders said. “The screening is an important step in having a healthy life.”

For more information, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org.