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Bedford Hills, New York    District 20-R1

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A main focus of Lions Clubs around the world is work to protect eyesight.  To this end, our club participates in various programs aimed at protecting sight:


Recycle for Sight

The World Health Organization estimates that the eyesight of one-fourth of the world's population can be improved through the use of corrective lenses. Unfortunately for many, a pair of glasses is both unaffordable and inaccessible.  In developing countries, an eye exam costs as much as one month's wages, and a single doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

For nearly 70 years, individual Lions clubs and districts in the U.S. , Canada and several other countries have collected used eyeglasses for distribution to the needy in developing nations.


The general public is encouraged to donate their used eyeglasses and sunglasses to their local Lions club.  We maintain collection boxes at our local library and at a number of local businesses; look for them or check the following for regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Most of us are familiar with the freedom, independence and dignity which a sight impaired person can gain from a trained guide dog.  The Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization in Yorktown Heights, New York, is an internationally recognized facility for breeding and training guide dogs and their users.  Our clubs makes annual financial contributions to Guiding Eyes and hosts an annual dinner for the Guiding Eyes staff and students.  Visit their website at www.GuidingEyes.Org.


Lions SEE

It is estimated that 3-5 percent of pre-school age children have vision problems which, if left untreated, can lead to amblyopia (also known as “lazy eye”).  Amblyopia, left untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss in the affected eye. We participate in the Lions SEE screening program, which can detect these problems in children too young to realize there is a problem.  Several of our members have been trained in the use of a special camera.  Screening sessions are set up at local preschools.  Photos from this camera are examined by medical personnel and, when a problem is detected, parents are contacted and treatment options are discussed.



Bedford Hills Lions Club, 2014