About Us

We are a group of people, who serve without any financial compensation. Many of us belong to Lions Clubs International, but you do not need to be a Lion to join us in our efforts. Based out of southern California we primarily do vision screenings with recycled eyeglasses in southern California and northern Mexico.

Typically we will do around 24 screenings a year, with the majority being in the United States. A few years back the World Health Organization recognized that uncorrected refractive error could be considered a functional form of blindness. If your need for eyeglasses is large enough that you cannot see to drive legally, to make a living, or see well enough up close perform tasks, you have a problem for yourself, your family and society as a whole. If you have no means to acquire eyeglasses to get by, you could be considered functionally blind.

California Lions Friends in Sight has as its primary goal, to address that functional form of blindness. We provide a free vision screening and if possible, free recycled eyeglasses to assist those in need. The recycled eyeglasses are matched as close as possible to the screening refraction to have the patient see better and have their eyes feel comfortable at the same time. However, at our screenings we also assess for ocular health concerns. Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are just a few of the common eye diseases diagnosed at the vision screenings. Patients identified with a medical and or surgical need, by our licensed volunteer optometrists or ophthalmologists, are informed of such and directed to seek care. Left untreated an increased risk for organic blindness is very real. The World Health Organization estimates that 40 million people in the world are blind and of that 80% is treatable or reversible. That translates into 32 million people that are in need of help.

California Lions Friends in Sight has as it secondary goal, the need to address that organic cause of blindness that is treatable/reversible. We work with various organizations and individuals to help those identified with a medical and or surgical need at our screenings get access to care. We recognize that science/medicine does have its limitations. In fact, 20% of the blindness in the world is not treatable. So 8 million people in the world, have as their only hope, the medical and technological research of future treatments and technologies for organic blindness.

California Lions Friends in Sight has as its third goal, the need to address the currently untreatable / irreversible causes of blindness. We understand we all only have so much time, money and ability, but we ask you to consider becoming a part of the California Lions Friends in Sight and to catch the vision...