Preventing Blindness and Saving Sight
For nearly 100 years, Lions club members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Lions collect used eyeglasses for donation to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are located throughout the world. We accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed.The used eyeglasses are cleaned and classified by prescription.
The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries.
An Eyeglass Donation Station is located at Witte’s BBQ and at Snow’s Automotive on Hwy 87 or email Lion Steve Mays. Click here for more information on eyeglass recycling.
Kidsight Vision Screening
The Lions KidSight Program is part of a nationwide initiative of the Lions Clubs to help parents, childcare providers and educators find and correct children’s vision problems. Using the PediaVision Spot device, the La Vernia Lions and other Lions District 2-A2 volunteers can provide a comprehensive, reliable analysis that enables informed decision making about the need for follow-up diagnosis.
Designed to work as easily with toddlers as with teenagers, Spot provides reliable data in seconds. With Spot, we can now confidently assess eyesight for all ages. Click here for more information about the PediaVision Spot device.
Lions offer this valuable community service absolutely FREE!
Mobile Eye Screening Unit (MESU)
This unique vehicle is operated by the Lions Sight Research Foundation Foundation and the Lions of District 2-A2 to provide eye screening services to the communities of South Texas. The custom equipped 40 foot mobile platform also contains specially equipped research work stations that allow UTHSC researchers to take their various programs to the field where research data can be gathered and transmitted to the University for real time evaluation by the professional staff.
The “MESU” also provides a platform for various educational and information dispensing programs that have been designed with and supported by the University. This project was funded by the Lions Clubs of District 2-A2, Lions Clubs International Foundation, and by various private sponsors in the area. In ten years of operations, the Lions Mobile Eye Screening Unit has provided free vision screenings to over 41,000 people throughout Central and South Texas.