Health Services

Seventy-two years ago, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club International with these words:

"Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind children untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight and hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?"

And we accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes. The Salisbury Lions Club (SLC) is actively involved in a variety of activities that fight against blindness, visual impairment and hearing loss in our community.

Vision Screening

 

eye screening imageSLC conducts vision screenings for eye abnormalities among pre-k and kindergarten childern in Wicomico County public schools. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired. Of those children, over half have refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) that can be diagnosed through our mobile PlusOptix eye exams and ultimately corrected with eyeglasses. SLC's vision screening program helps detect vision impairment early in a child's development, particular those children whose family may not have the financial means to have their eyes evaluated by a optometrist. Read More

Eyeglass Recycling

 

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Our club manages an eyeglass-recycling program that collects eyeglasses, reading glasses, frames and sunglasses throughout Wicomico County. The collected glasses are cleaned and prepared for distribution to those in our community whose eye care is often unaffordable or inaccessible. In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life. Children's glasses are especially needed. Contact Us if you want to help.

Hearing Aid Recycling

 

The need is great.  The World Health Organization estimates that 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.   Yet, current annual production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need. Children with hearing impairment can experience delays in the development of speech, language and cognitive skills. In adults, hearing impairment and deafness can make it difficult to obtain and keep employment. Hearing impaired children and adults are often socially stigmatized and isolated. SLC helps recycle hearing aids so they can be made available for individuals in our community with limited financial resources. Contact Us if you want to help.