Inside the auditorium at Pulaski County High School, Jim Cook, a longtime member of the Dublin Lion's Club, told a group of 10th graders what was about to happen.
“When I was in 10th grade, I'd do just about anything to get out of class,” Cook said.
But Wednesday was serious. The Lions Club just spent $14 thousand on two machines with strange blue lights that could diagnose an unknown eye problem.
"The lions club is a service club. Our main mission is vision," Cook said.
The mission is to get into as many county schools as possible and offer free eye exams.
"A lot of people in their budget, they don’t always think of this as one of the first things they should be looking at, and so because of that, they hold back, they don’t spend where they don't have to,” Cook said.
"I'm sittin’ in the back like this, squinting really hard and it hurts to see," 10th grader Jesus Hickman said.
Jesus Hickman has been wearing glasses or contacts since he was in the 7th grade. Doctors say most physical changes and concerns for children start between kindergarten and middle school.
Do his classmates understand how important these free eye exams are?
"Some of them do but they don't really know how important it is and how these people come out here to help us. They could be doing something else, but they're here helping us,” Hickman said.
The information is printed out and also stored on a thumb drive, both are given to the school nurse for safekeeping. The Lions don't keep any of it.
The Lions Club out of Dublin says this is the first time it's offered these eye exams. It could have spent the money somewhere else but it did not. They’ve also been asked to offer these same eye exams in other counties.