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.
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.