Free glaucoma and vision screenings for ‘Community Involvement Day’ on July 31 |

Free glaucoma and vision screenings for ‘Community Involvement Day’ on July 31

The Foothill Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free glaucoma and visual screening services for adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 31 at Gate 1 of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motor home that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using state-of-the-art PlusOptix equipment. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists, Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD, will volunteer their services for the day. The screening event is free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.

“Eye exams are so important, “said Tom Sigler, Foothill Lions Club president. “It’s especially important to have a child’s eyes checked at an early age. Often, children go undiagnosed for years, which can cause a child to fall behind in school. With early detection, this can be avoided.”

The Lions Vision Van is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, including the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition), The Cinderella Project, and The KARing Closet — in exchange for coupons for “buy one, get one” admission tickets to the fair. Community members also have the option of donating blood through BloodSource on that day and also receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. This year’s Fair is August 9 through 13. For information, visit

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