World Sight Day . Free Vision Screening

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), through their joint initiative VISION 2020, declared October 9, 2008 World Sight Day. The mission of VISION 2020 is the elimination of avoidable blindness and to give everyone the "Right to Sight". World Sight Day 2008 (WSD08) focuses on the ageing eye, and vision impairment in older people.

In conjunction with WSD08, Schepens Eye Research Institute partnered with The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Foundation and the Lions Clubs International Foundation to offer free vision screening to the public. A Lions Eyemobile was at the Institute for the event.

The screening was free and open to all. We hope to offer free vision screening again in 2009, so be sure to visit again for details.

 

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The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund and the Lions Clubs International Foundation have been funding research grants at Schepens Eye Research Institute since 1951. This funding has allowed the Institute to expand the knowledge of the eye’s systems and to study the mechanisms of blinding diseases and their treatment.

Local Lions Clubs sponsor the screenings and volunteers provide all the necessary medical and administrative staffing. Operating expenses and maintenance costs of the Eyemobile are offset by donations from local Lions clubs.  

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 Lions Districk 33-K Eyemobile on location at Schepens Eye Research Institute for Free Vision Screening on World Sight Day, Oct. 9, 2008.

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Schepens employee volunteers man the information tables.

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Lions District 33-K and Schepens volunteers before the event.

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Lions District 33-K volunteer screens a subject.