C-WC Lion’s Club eye exam results in clear sight for Carson Thornton

Carson with his mom, Melanie Thornton at C-WC Lions Club meeting.

Carson Thornton can see clearly now, and he’s thanking the Cayce-West Columbia Lion’s Club.

Carson is a student at Pineview Elementary School, where his eyes were tested by the C-WC Lions. Bill Mooneyhan, a member of the club, said the C-WC Lion’s Club has conducted more than 3,000 eye exams in Lexington Two this school year.

Carson’s exam was memorable for him.

“The Lion’s Club visited my school, Pineview Elementary, for vision screenings. Well, as you can see, I didn’t pass,” Carson said when he came to the April Lion’s Club meeting, to thank its members.

“Each of you have made a difference in my life and I’d like to tell you why I am thankful for the Lion’s Club,” Carson said.

He said his mom and dad were under the impression his vision was “perfectly fine.” He had no headaches and he did not “run into things.”

But when Carson took the Lion’s eye test, he said he saw “fuzzy” letters. Based on that exam, Carson’s parents, Melanie and Shane Thornton, set an appointment with the eye doctor. The doctor told Carson his vision was 30/50, and that he needed glasses.

“I will never forget the first time I wore (the glasses) on the way to school. I noticed the tiny branches on the trees,” Carson told the Lions. “I had never noticed, or been able to see them before.”

Pineview Principal Davis Sims said Carson’s speech to the Lions was inspirational. Carson said it was just a gesture of gratitude.

“I just wanted to say thank you for coming to Pineview Elementary School,” Carson said. “Thank you for giving to our community and making a difference in my life. Because of you, I can literally see.”

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