LOUISIANA LIONS INFORMATION
The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation is a continuously operating 501-c3 non-profit organization formed in 1974 to help provide vision and hearing care to residents of Louisiana who were unable to afford their own care. The foundation is owned and operated by Lion members throughout Louisiana.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is the world’s largest service organization with the motto “We Serve.” The international mission was provided by Helen Keller in the form of a challenge to become “Knights of the Blind” in 1925. That mission, “To rid the world of treatable blindness”, consists of treatment, research and prevention. The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation provides this care in Louisiana in the following ways:
- Treatment consists of local Lion clubs sponsoring qualifying patients through the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation to receive vision care from the LSU School of Ophthalmology and local vision professionals throughout the state.
- Research and training consists of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation supporting research efforts and the education efforts of the LSU school of Ophthalmology located at the LSU School of Medicine campus in New Orleans.
- Prevention consists of volunteer Lion members dedicating their time and effort to provide vision screenings to children as well as adults here in Louisiana.
In the first six months of 1974, the Lions helped 85 people with vision related needs. Today, the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation sponsors nearly 2,000 Louisiana patients each year with sight-related problems which would otherwise not be affordable.
The Lions are proud of the medical breakthroughs in the Ophthalmology field accomplished by the LSU research departments, but we are also so proud of the educational programs at the LSU school of Ophthalmology which are preparing the young minds of today to become the vision professionals of the future.
The Lions understand that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So in this nature, we strive to help prevent blindness by early detection and early treatment of eye diseases. Our vision screening programs include, but are not limited to a Glaucoma Screening program and a Children’s Vision Screening program, which we call “CUBSIGHT”. From our modest beginnings of the Cubsight Program in 2001 until today, we have increased our efforts each year. In the calendar year of 2016, the Lions of Louisiana successfully screened over 28,000 children between the ages of 1 and 6 years old. We have identified over 3,000 children who needed vision care and was unaware of their conditions. By identifying eye disease at an early stage we can prevent blindness in most of our state’s youth.
For more information about the Lions or the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, please feel free to visit our website at www.LionEyes.org or contact us at 504.525.7235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org