The Belfast Lions Club has presented a Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener to the Regional School Unit 71 school nursing unit.

In December 2017, in keeping with the Lions' mission, Lions President Chip Lagerbom invited the nurses to a Lions Club meeting to discuss Maine's vision screening protocols. All students in pre-K, kindergarten, and first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades are screened annually, as well as any students who are referred by other school staff members.

With the new Spot Screener, the school nurses are able to screen students with special needs much more accurately then possible in the past.

Part of the Lions Club’s mission is to promote and provide assistance with vision health in the community. According to Ellie Weaver RN, BSN, school nurse for Capt. Albert Stevens and Nickerson schools, the nurses look forward to continuing this collaboration with the Belfast Lions by having them participate in yearly student screenings and helping to develop a process to monitor the screenings and percent of referrals to eye care professionals.

For more information about Welch Allyn's Spot Vision Screener, visit