Lions attack the worldwide problem of blindness on a massive scale. Because Lions is committed to sight, more than 10 million children have been screened for eye disease and vision problems. 7.6 million people have regained their sight through cataract surgery and 400,000 people each year have recycled eyeglasses.
The Beaufort Lions Clubs works closely with the South Carolina Lions Vision Services, a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to improving the lives of South Carolina residents. Vision Services provides medical examination and treatment, optical supplies, assistance with eye surgeries, and youth activities for underprivileged persons who cannot receive assistance from other government and social agencies. The foundation is committed to serving South Carolina ethically, and effectively at every level and through alliances with the Lions Clubs of South Carolina. Storm Eye Research Institute and the Leader Dog for Blind are also supported.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the Beaufort Lions Club vision screening team screened the vision of more than 6,000 school-age Beaufort County students in both public and private schools and daycares north of the Broad River.
Multiple Districts 32 are initiating Vision 22. The mission of this project is to ensure vision screenings in all public schools in South Carolina, as well as to gather vision screening data. Cameras are shared with Lions Clubs unable to afford their own.
Several members of the Beaufort Lions Club vision screening team have earned certification as certified vision screeners through KidsSightUSA.
Camp Leo is held on Hilton Head Island every summer. Camp Leo is an ocean-oriented experience for legally blind children of South Carolina aged 7 to 17. This week-long, sleep-away camp offers a wide range of activities that campers often cannot experience at home or school. The child can enjoy everything from putt-putt golf to scuba diving, arts and crafts, beach walks, and so much more.
Lions Vision Services has assumed sponsorship of the Blind Fishing Event to be held on April 22 and 23, 2022 in Santee, SC. Transportation will be provided for adults who are blind or experience low vision. They will be treated to a fish fry, half-day fishing from boats or the shore, prizes in various categories, and an opportunity to socialize.
To donate, visit Lions' Vision Services.
SC School for the Deaf and Blind
The Beaufort lions Club purchased 250 beeping Easter Eggs for the school's Easter Egg Hunt.
Assisting a wheelchair-bound man in Ridgeland to safely access his home by building a handicapped access ramp.