Meetings
  • Used eyeglass and hearing aid collection ​

  • Low vision assistive devices  
  • Qualified eye surgery
  • Adopt-A-Family at holiday time

  • Southeastern Guide Dogs
  • Pinellas Talking Book Library
  • "Helping Hands"  ministry

Usable Glasses Give New Life

Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low and middle income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and collect usable glasses in their communities to support the Lions Recycle For Sight Program.

Why Recycle Glasses? An estimated 120 million people* are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (far and near sightedness). Almost all cases can be corrected and normal vision can be restored with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment and a better quality of life. The Journey of Recycled Glasses 1. Lions and Leos collect used eyeglasses at various community locations. 2. The glasses are shipped to the nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where trained volunteers sort, clean and determine the prescription strengths of the glasses. 3. Volunteers at the recycling center carefully package the prepared glasses and store them until they are required for eyeglassdispensing missions. Glasses that are not suitable for reuse are recycled for scrap, with the earnings benefitting local Lions and Leos projects. 4. At the mission site, eye care professionals and trained Lion and Leo volunteers perform vision screenings and dispense the appropriate recycled glasses, free of charge, to children and adults in need.

*World Health Organization Statistics

Look for our eyeglass collection boxes at the Clearwater and Dunedin Libraries and your local optometrist's office!  You can also put used hearing aids in these boxes.

 

Lion Ken and the Clearwater Lions Club teamed up with alpha kappa alpha to collect eye glasses for those who can not afford vision care in under developed countries of the world.


Thanks Margo and the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha. They collected nearly 200 pairs of eye glasses.

 

 

Clearwater Lions donated a lighted magnifier - reader to a young woman with low vision.  Now, Britany can read books, newspapers, emails and texts!

 

We helped a woman with the co-pay required for eye surgery which restored her vision!

 

Clearwater Lions Club supports

Southeastern Guide Dogs

https://www.guidedogs.org/

Serving those who cannot see and those who have seen too much.

When people lose vision, it’s easy to lose hope. When veterans lose hope, it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to let the darkness define life instead of living life to its fullest. That’s why we develop extraordinary partnerships between our dogs and the people who need them, and offer our dogs and services throughout the United States. We operate the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. We create elite working dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. All of our services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and the most robust alumni support program in North America—are provided at no cost to recipients.

 

 

Pinellas Talking Book Library

The Pinellas Talking Book Library's mission is to encourage and support reading by providing free library services to residents of Pinellas and Sarasota counties for whom conventional print is a barrier.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is administered locally through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative.

A free service to residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. The Pinellas Talking Book Library staff provides recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a collection of descriptive videos.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries serving people who have difficulty using or reading regular print. Books and magazines in audio formats and Braille, plus compatible playback equipment from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, are loaned free of charge. All materials are sent to clients and returned to the library via the United States Postal Service with postage-free mail. The library collection has thousands of recreational reading titles to choose from in fiction and non-fiction, pre-school to adult.  https://www.loc.gov/nls/

http://www.pplc.us/tbl/

 

 

 

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