About Lions Clubs International Facts - Site First

In 1990, Lions established SightFirst, a US$140 million global initiative to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness. The unprecedented program joins leading blindness prevention experts, blindness prevention organizations, governments and Lions volunteers in an effort to establish long-term solutions in eliminating preventable and reversible blindness.

Without intervention programs like SightFirst, the World Health Organization estimates the number of people who are blind in the world could
double from 40 million to 80 million in less than 25 years.

Other Sight-Related Activities
In addition to the SightFirst program, Lions clubs continue to support other sight-related activities:
  • Lions provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings and make
    25,000 corneal transplants possible each year.

  • Lions establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks,
    hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide.

  • Lions annually collect millions of old, unwanted eyeglasses for free
    distribution to the poor in developing countries.

  • Lions provide thousands each year with free quality eye care,
    eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide
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