Lions In Sight of California and Nevada (LIS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) California corporation. LIS is an endorsed project of Lions Clubs International’s Multiple District 4 and has been designated by Lions Clubs International as the Lions Clubs International Recycling Center for the Western United States.
The mission of Lions In Sight is to promote the collection of used eyeglasses for the purpose of recycling and use in developing nations worldwide and to provide no cost primary eye care to the needy and low-income citizens in economically disadvantaged countries. This care is provided either through clinic missions or through…
Approximately 161 million people in this world are visually disabled or blind and approximately 2 billion people need eyeglasses. Unfortunately, in developing countries, most of the people cannot afford proper eye care. This limits their vision, their ability to work and their quality of life.
At a recent vision clinic in Iguala, Mexico, a young twelve year old boy was brought by his mother who told us that he was flunking out of school because he could not see. He was barely able to read the large E, 20/400 and could not read anything closeup. Dr. Mark Mclain found him to be very farsighted (+10). For those of you who have participated in a clinic you know how bad that is! This boy was so elated that he told the interpreter to tell Dr. Mclain that he had given him a new life. What a tear jerker!
An eyeglass recycling program was officially “launched” on July 31, 2008 at Avenal state prison near Coalinga. A joint project of Lions in Sight of California/Nevada (LIS) and District 4A3 of Lions Clubs International, the program began when Past International Director Dr. Bill Iannaccone, COO of Lions in Sight, made a presentation at a 4A3 […]