Assistance is provided by Lions Clubs for the needy who are hearing or visually impaired, blind, or who are faced with similar medical conditions. This non-profit organization operates across the nation and also worldwide, and they have helped millions of low income and less fortunate families over the years. Your local Lions Club organization will be able to advise people on and possibly offer individual’s assistance for the purchase of hearing aids or eyeglasses. One of the main services offered for glasses is OneSight. The centers also operate and provide other health-related services, educational needs, and scholarships.
The Lions Clubs are also sometimes called "knights of the blind," as they are dedicated to addressing eyecare issues, providing classes, and they really focused on offering programs and services for those with poor vision. Assistance is also available for people who are currently blind. Another goal is to eliminate reversible and otherwise preventable blindness. The non-profit charity organization also partners with other community health care programs, government resources and projects.
Free eyeglasses can be provided by the Lions Club OneSight program. This was created as a partnership between various non-profits, including the Luxottica Group Foundation, and is has been operating since the 1980s. The program is committed to improving the vision of the less fortunate, and it offers education, outreach, and of course free prescription eyeglasses to those who qualify, including children.
There are several components to the OneSight program, and examples of the resources available are below.
Discounted Price Glasses Voucher – Your local lions clubs is often able to purchase an unlimited number of prescription eyeglasses for lower income and visually impaired individuals. The charity can usually buy them at about $70 per pair in Canada and $50 per pair in the United States. Those items can then be redistributed to those who are in need.
Hometown Day – This event usually operates once per year, and it is normally in December. A Lions Club partner, which is the Luxottica Retail stores and includes Sears Optical, LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Target Optical, will offer free glasses and eye exams to the needy and uninsured. This program is usually be offered to those low income families who are pre-determined to be in need by Lions Club and other charitable groups.
Vouchers for free glasses – This is a key resource of OnSite. Many groups, including Lions clubs, can distribute a limited number of pairs of free prescription eyeglasses for the needy and low income.
Mobile care is offered by Vision Vans. This mobile units and vans travel across North America and deliver new glasses and free eye care to disadvantaged children who are referred by Lions clubs and other partner non-profit agencies. Phone 630-571-5466.
Education and counseling is offered from the Lions Eye Health Program. It promotes healthy vision, raises awareness of the causes of preventable vision loss, and can provide referrals. This was created in partnership with the National Eye Institute/National Eye Health Education Program (NEI/NEHEP).
Hearing assistance is provided as well, and resources are wide ranging. The Lions Clubs will, among other things, support hearing loss prevention, promote education, offer testing and screenings, and the non-profit will assist children and adults who are deaf or hearing impaired.
The Lions Club HARP/Hearing Aid Recycling Program is a donation program that will refurbish and provide items to those who are impaired and low income. This resource is offered by many local centers across the United States and the world. It allows people, seniors, and those with limited financial resources access to affordable hearing aids.