Lions and Vision


Since 1925 when Helen Keller charged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." the Lions have worked at preventing blindness and improving the vision of millions around the world. The Bowie Lions as "knights of the blind" have carried on that mission through a number of wide range of activities and programs


Bowie Lions Vision Programs and Activities


Eyeglass Recycling

153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses. To meet this need Lions clubs collect used eyeglasses and for less than $0.08 provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone's life. The Bowie Lions have a number of locations where you can donate your used eyeglasses to be recycled. You can see a list of locations or use this map to get dirctions to a drop-opp location near you. .


Vision Screening

Lions recognize the impact that prevention, education and early detection of vision issues has in our community. Vision problems especially with children are not only frustrating and interfere with daily living, but some conditions can lead to more serious issues if not corrected early. This is why Lions sponsor vision screenings. A vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation and the Lions always recommend following up a screening with an eye care professional.


Support for Eye exams and glasses

The Bowie Lions encourage everyone to see an eye care professional on a regular basis. Unfortunately many of those who need exams and eyeglasses simply cannot afford them. Realizing that clear vision key to a healthy living, school or working career we work with local Optometrists assisting with arrangements for an eye exam and eyeglasses for qualified candidates.


Support for Servcie dog programs

The Lions actively support the Leader Dogs for the Blind program which empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight. Working with the Leader Dog program a member of the club has also been a volunteer puppy raiser for 'Belair'.