Lions Club: Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired Since 1917
Dr. Kara and her husband Lance have been members of the Lions since moving to North Carolina in 2009. Lions Club International has worked on thousands of projects worldwide designed to prevent blindness, improve ocular health, and provide eye care for hundreds of millions of people.
Vision Van: Mobile Vision Screening with a Smile!
Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. The first step to prevention is awareness. The second is early detection through vision screening. Around the world, Lions partner with medical professionals and community leaders to screen young children, primary school students, and adults to identify those at risk for vision loss. The venue for Lions’ vision screenings varies from schools, to workplaces, to community health fairs, to mobile units like the Vision Van as pictured above with Dr. Kara and Amelia. The screening methods depend upon the age group, but the results are always the same. Early identification leads to timely referral, professional treatment, and improved or restored sight.
Some of the major accomplishments Lions Club International has achieved in its almost 100 year history (from lionsclubs.org)
- Saved the sight of more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight for Kids.
- Established or strengthened pediatric eye care centers that have helped more than 120 million children.
- Helped halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin annually.
- Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide.
- Improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
- Distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness.
- Provided nearly 8 million cataract surgeries.
- Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.
To learn more about the Lions Club and their mission worldwide, please visit: http://www.lionsclubs.org