A vision and eye health checkup will be offered in May. Chip Carter of the Mount Gilead Lions Club said the testing is being sponsored by the local chapter of the Lions International service organization.
“The MGLC is going to sponsor the ‘See in the 21st Century’ mobile screening unit for vision – commonly known as our ‘Vision Van’ – in Mount Gilead again this year,” said Carter. “It’s going to be here Fri., May 10, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. Anyone over the age of six is eligible for screening.”
Carter said the vision van offers a number of tests related to eyesight and general ocular health issues.
“The screening does things like checking your distance vision, your near vision, your peripheral vision, looking for potential eye problem,” he continued. “Also, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. that day, we’ll have Dr. Carlyle Haywood, optometrist in Troy, who will be able to check for more serious problems, such as glaucoma and things of that nature.”
The vision checkup is offered without charge, and Carter said those under age 18 need the consent of a parent or guardian prior to testing. The Vision Van will be in the Food King parking lot on S. Main St., Mount Gilead, Fri., May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary, and more information is available at 910-439-2087.