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In 1974, a group of Louisiana Lions was determined to satisfy the challenge presented in 1925 by Helen Keller to become "Knights of Sight.” In the first six months, they helped 85 people in a 500 square foot medical clinic. Today, the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation sponsors nearly 5,000 patients with sight-related problems in a 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art Lions-LSU Eye Center facility and in satellite locations across the state. They also support eye research and ophthalmology training programs for doctors and for other eye care professionals.
Local Lions clubs sponsor qualifying patients to receive the eye care, free of charge, for a year. If they need eyeglasses, they may choose from a selection of new frames and receive a free pair. After a year, the Lions Club may renew their sponsorship if the patient’s needs continue.
Beyond examinations and other treatment, roughly 50 patients every month receive sight-restoring surgeries. This includes more than 150 children annually who have had their sight saved or restored.
The Louisiana Lions Cubsite program helps to detect eye problems in children younger than five years old. The screening includes looking for misaligned eye muscles and for congenital cataracts.
The 6,500 Louisiana Lions are members of Lions International, the world's largest service organization. Almost every area has one of the 262 Louisiana clubs through which the members serve their community by providing food baskets to families, clearing up storm damage, visiting with the elderly, and sending handicapped child to summer camp.
In all they do, Lions continually strive to fulfill their motto "We serve."