We Serve: Vision and Hearing

Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the association's 1925 international convention. 


Today, in addition to their international Sight First program, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts, such as assisting the hearing impaired, providing diabetes awareness and education materials, working on environmental projects and developing youth programs.

Maple Grove Lions KidSight Vision Screening

Can a child aged six months to six years old tell if it has vision problems? He or she might be able to make out letters and shapes, but does it know if they are blurry, or if one eye is working harder because of problems with the other eye? How would children that age know if their vision is darker than it should be?

These are the problems that Lions KidSight vision sceening intends to overcome before the vision problems become learning problems. The free vision screening performed by specially trained Lions uses a Welsh Allyn SPOT machine held three feet away from the child. Screening is performed in a low light setting so that the child’s pupils dilate. The device sends a harmless infrared beam to and from each eye in a split second.

The result is a thorough measurement of each eye that is reported as within normal range for a child that age, or outside the normal range. When the feedback shows that measurements are outside normal range, a printout with complete details of the readings is provided to parents who can give the information to the child’s eye-care professional.

The device screens for possible symptoms of seven different vision problems: near sighted, far sighted, astigmatism, misaligned eyes, unequal pupil size, cataracts, and lazy eye. The screening also detects eyelid droop.

"It takes longer to fill out the parental consent form than to do the actual screening," said Lion Dick  Kentzelman, chairman of the Maple Grove Lions KidSight program. He added that routinely up to 10 percent of children screened are referred to eye-care professionals for diagnosis.

Throughout normal years, free KidSight screening is done at pre-school and day-care centers, but this has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 considerations. Maple Grove Lions will continue to hold KidSight screenings at public events, including the Lions Waffle Breakfast on October 24, and Breakfast and Lunch with Santa on December 4, both at the Maple Grove Community Center.

To find out about upcoming screening, or to request KidSight at your location or event, contact Lion Dick at rkentzelman@hotmail.com.

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Bass Lake Family Eye Care

12750 Bass Lake Rd

Maple Grove, MN


Maple Grove Community Center

12951 Weaver Lake Rd

Maple Grove, MN 55369


Premier Bank

301 Central Avenue

Osseo, MN 55369



9451 Dunkirk LN. N.

Maple Grove, MN 55911



8081 Wedgewood LN. N.

Maple Grove, MN. 55369

America's Best

11651 Fountains Drive North

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Americana Community Bank

9495 Black Oaks Lane North

Maple Grove, MN 55311


Sharp Vision

11217 Commerce Drive

Champlin, MN 55316

Northwest Eye

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N

Maple Grove, MN 55369-7073


America’s Best

6096 Shingle Creek Pkwy

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Lasik Plus of Maple Grove

7767 Elm Creek Blvd. #140

Maple Grove, MN 55369


Sam’s Club

16701 94th Ave. N.

Maple Grove, MN 55311


Northwest Eye

8501 Golden Valley Rd. #100

Golden Valley, MN 55427


America's Best

12940 Riverdale Dr, #200

Coon Rapids, MN 55448


Visionworks - Ridgedale

12701 Wayzata Blvd #249

Minnetonka, MN 55305

Visionworks - Maplewood Mall

2033 Maplewood Dr.

St. Paul MN 55109

Northwest Eye

6060 Clearwater Dr.

Minnetonka, MN 55343


Eye Care Center

7880 Main St. No.

Maple Grove, MN 55369


Pearle Vision

13195 Weaver Lake Rd.

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Walmart Vision Center
8000 Lakeland Ave N

Brooklyn Park MN 55445

Long Lake Lutheran Church

3921 277th Ave. NW

Isanti, MN 55040

Maple Grove Vision Clinic

13645 Grove Drive N.

Maple Grove, MN 55311

America's Best

North CT Commons

680 Hwy 10 NE

Blaine, MN 55434

Lord of Life Lutheran Church

7401 County Road 101

Hamel, MN 55340

Four Seasons Rush Creek Association

7420 Ranier Lane N

Maple Grove, MN 55311

eyebobs Ridgedale Center

12401 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 2139 

Minnetonka, MN 55305

Huxley Optical - Ridgedale Center

12401 Wayzata Blvd.

Minnetonka, MN 53505.