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Sight preservation is club's focus

August 28, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Burbank High School's Class of 1972 gathered at Pickwick Gardens for its 40th reunion on Aug. 18. Some of those on the reunion committee are, from left, Carol Bliss Sheetz, Cindy Barcus Aylward, Roberta Grande Reynolds, Kyle McCroskey Brownfield, Debbie Pack Lark, Craig Lark and Susie Giesler Sheffield Evans.
Burbank High School's Class of 1972 gathered at… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

The Burbank Noon Lions Club continues to assist those less fortunate in the community with a central focus on preventing vision loss, says its publicity chairwoman Marva Murphy.

Bud Alleman completed his term as president in July, and Louie Cardona, has taken on the responsibility. Under Alleman’s watch, more than 25 income-qualifying individuals have been provided with free eye exams and prescription glasses.

Without the aid of glasses, many experience painful eyestrain or chronic headaches. Glasses not only alleviate these problems but also enable the wearer to read, complete forms, watch TV, handle detailed work and see clearly across the street.

Clear vision is not just for adults, but also imperative for children. From birth to age 12, our eyes are responsible for enabling us to acquire 80% of all learning as we develop, according to club statistics. KidSight Burbank, the newest club project, seeks to identify vision problems in children as young as six months. The free screenings, offered by members at public events and childcare facilities, has expanded to Lions clubs in nearby areas.


Statistically, the screening results have come back with a higher than 10 percent rate of children needing monitoring or full follow-up exams by pediatric eye doctors. A guideline chart for normal visual development of babies from birth to 12 months is on the club's website at

In addition to vision, the Burbank Noon Lions club has also enabled three, income-qualifying individuals to rejoin society by providing free hearing aids in the past few months. Loss of hearing most frequently results in isolation and depression as the inability to participate in discussions, socialize with friends and attend public events increases. Hearing information is also available via the website.

Potential members are welcome to attend meetings at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave. The public can recycle eyeglasses at all three libraries, Joslyn Adult Center and the Burbank Recycle Center.

Burbank High Class of 1972 reunites

Burbank High School Class of 1972 reunion committee members were bursting with pride as they welcomed classmates to the 40th reunion on Aug. 18 at the Pickwick Gardens.

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