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Oct 17, 2013 5:00 PM by Daniel Erusha - KPAX News

New equipment helps Missoula kids fight vision disorders

MISSOULA - Eye doctors in Missoula now have a new tool in the fight against vision disorders.

The Missoula Downtown Lions Club delivered an eye screening machine for the Missoula City County Health Department on Thursday.

The machine costs around $8,000 - and is a handheld device capable of detecting vision disorders in children. It can screen the child's vision in seconds.

The Lions Club raised the money for the device through projects like their annual Christmas tree sale, and members say it will really help the community.

"We've reduced the eye screening from about an hour per classroom down to 15 minutes in a classroom. We literally can screen children faster than they can bring them to us," Sight and Vision Chairman David Gray explained.

The Missoula Downtown Lions Club has screened over 1,000 children with the device, so far. The group will also have eye screenings at the fairgrounds this year during their Christmas Tree sale.

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