Eye assistance programs

The Lions Club was tasked by Helen Keller to assist with eye health back in 1925. The Danbury Lions Club is committed to helping those in Danbury who qualify.

As of 2016, the Danbury Lions has helped to screen the eyes of our elementary school children in the Danbury Public Schools. We use a special camera to screen children in pre-K, K, 1, 3, 4 and 5th grades. In the 2017-18 school year, we also added the parochial schools. Our club only screens the children in Danbury.

For adults, the Gift of Sight program provides eye exams, lenses and frames to people who meet specific criteria. Services are provided based on a person’s situation and level of monetary need. Services are NOT guaranteed. The person must reside in Danbury. If you have insurance, you do not qualify for the Gift of Sight.

If you meet the above criteria and have questions about either of these programs, please email us at We will respond to your request as we are able.


Eye glasses

If you have old eye glasses and would like to donate them, most eye doctors in Danbury have collection boxes. Please bring them and drop them into the box. You need not give cases with these glasses. Thank you!



Eye screenings

With schools back in session, the Danbury Lions can now resume eye screening for the Danbury public and parochial students. Dates scheduled are as follows:

September 20, 22                                   Head Start - Foster Street

September 27, 29                                   Head Start - 385 Main St.

October 21                                              Meeting House Hill - New Fairfield

October 18, 20, 22                                  Ellsworth Avenue

October 25, 27                                         Great Plain

November 1, 3, 5                                     Hayestown

November 4                                              Consolidated - New Fairfield

November 8, 10, 12                                  King St. Primary

November 15, 17, 19                                King St. Intermediate

November 18                                            Sherman School

November 29, December 1, 3                  Mill Ridge

December 6, 8, 10                                    Morris Street

December 13, 15                                      Pembroke

December 17, 20, 22                               Shelter Rock

January 3, 5, 7, 10                                   Park Avenue

January 12                                                Early Childhood - Cottage St

January 14                                               Early Childhood - Granville Ave

January 19                                                Brookfield

January 24, 26                                         South Street

January 31, February 2, 4                       Stadley Rough

February 7, 9                                            AIS

February 14                                              St. Joseph

February 16                                              St. Peter

February 23                                              Montessori

February 25                                              St. Gregory

February 28                                              Lutheran




Legacy Project

Each club has been tasked with doing a Legacy Project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International. The Danbury Lions Club is dedicating the Lions Club Rowan Street Playground to the many members of our club whose perserverance, spirit and foresight initiated the playground projects. Please watch this page for more updates as they become available.

Playground History

The original Lions Playground located on Osborne Street was constructed as a community project in 1928.  It was operated by the Lions Club of Danbury until 1951 at which time the City of Danbury assumed responsibility for it.  The playground continued as a favorite recreational center and the city of Danbury provided a major refurbishment in 1986.   The Danbury Hospital purchased the land and relocated the playground to Ellsworth Avenue in 2000 where it remained until 2005 when it was moved to its’ current location on Rowan Street and rededicated as the “Lions Playground”. 


Knights of the Blind

Since being dubbed Knights of the Blind by Helen Keller in 1929, Lions have become known around the world for our efforts for the preservation of sight and to prevent blindness.  As an example, we collect eyeglasses which are distributed to third world countries.

About 4 years ago, we embarked on a program to detect vision anomalies in the very young.  We have been charged to screen children 6 months to 6 years of age.  Eye care professionals have learned that anomalies detected early can be treated with more success than if treatment begins at a later age.

As of June 3, 2017,  our District, 23A, have screened 17,023 students, 14,401 have ‘passed’ and we have had 2,540 referrals with 82 screenings aborted.

Through our legislators, we are working to change the wording in the State requirements for vision testing that would allow the use of electronic screening to replace the outdated Snellen Eye Chart.


Low Vision Support Group

The Low Vision Support Group meets the 4th Monday of the month at the Danbury Senior Center. Meetings start at 1 pm. All are welcome to attend.


CRIS Radio

CRIS stands for Connectiut Radio Information System. It is a non-profit organization that provides information from daily newspapers and current magazines to people who are unable to read printed material. CRIS programs keep people who have vision impairments informed. The programs cannot be received on a regular radio so most people are provided with a pre-tuned radio free of charge. The programs are also available via cable TV, the telephone or the internet at

CRIS relies on over 400 volunteers statewide to help with the production, programming and the day-to-day operations of CRIS. Volunteers script, read, and operate the control board for daily broadcasts. For further information or to download Listener or Volunteer Applications please visit or call 203-778-2000.


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