Low Vision, Eyeglass Recycling and LEHP (Lions Eye Health Program)
Eyeglass Recycling Centers
Lions clubs collect usable eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading glasses and frames. They send collected items to one of our official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.
Thanks to the Rockhampton Cathedral College staff, students and families, we've been able to collect close to 120 pairs of glasses to be recycled through the program. This is an amazing effort considering it's only been operating it for a few months. Harrison Crighton displays some of the wide variety of glasses colected.
At each official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC), Lions and other volunteers prepare eyeglasses for distribution. They clean each pair and determine the prescription power of each lens.
Optical missions sponsored by Lions clubs and other groups distribute the donated eyeglasses to needy people throughout the world, in accordance with local laws.
Collection boxes are available from the Low Vison District Chairman for use at businesses and optometrists. Once your club collects the spectacles from the collection points, I ask that they are sent direct to the Recycling Center. Please discard all cases and send the spectacles away in sturdy cartons. The best cartons are the Lions Christmas Cake boxes in particular the 1.5k.g. cartons.
All deliveries through couriers/transport companies should be made to:
The Lions Centre
Redcliffe Queensland 4020
Please contact the Centre in advance before shipping large quantities of used eyeglasses.
Use the following address if sending through Australaia Post:
P.O. Box 3021
LION EYE HEALTH PROGRAM (LEHP)
The basic goal of this programme is to reduce preventable vision loss and blindness caused by diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. Blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma is, in most cases, preventable. LEHP-Australia is designed to convey to those at risk the importance of early detection and timely treatment of these diseases.
Awareness and early detection is vital in reducing the effect of both Diabetes and Glaucoma. You can contact the relevant groups direct. The relevant contacts are as follows:
LEHP-Australia 1800 010 234
Diabetes Australia 1800 640 862
Glaucoma Australia 1800 261 071
Kathmandu Sight Project
The Lions Eye Care Center (LECC) which is now the Kathmandu Lions Eye Hospital was originally set up in 1984 in a small rented room in Kathmandu.
The aim of our project is to supply this hospital with a modern piece of operating equipment. Modern cataract surgery is made possible by the use of a complex machine called a phacoemulsifier, which breaks the cataract into tiny pieces and then suctions those pieces from the eye through a very small incision. Prior to the development of the phaco machine, the cataract was normally removed in one piece, requiring a larger incision, sutures, and more traumas to the eye. The phacoemulsification procedure is also faster, usually requiring less than 30 minutes per eye.
Lion Dr Sharma from the Rockhampton Fitzroy River Lions Club is travelling to Nepal in March 2016 at his own expense to set up and test the new machine and train the local ophthalmologists. This machine has cost $US34,090 and was purchased by 201Q4 District funds together with funds raised personally by Dr Sharma and Zones 11 and 12.
Timor Eye Project
The Timor Eye Project is a District Q4 project in partnership with Lions Recycle for Sight and the Royal College of Surgeons
The East Timor Eye Program is so proud to congratulate our three doctors,
Dr Julia, Dr Valerio, Dr Bernadete who graduated from the Post Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmology in May!
The project was approved back in August of 2012 for US$465,512. The goal of the project is to develop a robust eye care system in Timor Leste. PDG Ken Leonard is the Project Chairperson and PDG Bill Bauer is the Project Administrator. The project had a bit of a slow start but is now well underway. According to their recent report, the project accomplished the following:
Trained a national counterpart in the work of prosthetic eyes and therefore enabling the delivery of prosthetic eye services to the Timorese population for the first time.
Supported the skill development of six Post Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmology (PGDO) trainees through specialist training visits by international ophthalmologists and allied health professionals in areas such as pediatric ophthalmology.
Trained two PGDO trainees in Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) through a training attachment at one of the leading eye hospitals in Nepal, providing them with the skills and knowledge to diagnose, treat and manage cataract cases in Timor-Leste.
Equipped the National Eye Centre (NEC) with ophthalmic and optometry equipment and training resources to effectively diagnose, treat and manage a range of eye health conditions, enabling the resident ophthalmology team to perform sight-restoring and sight-saving surgeries.
Provided the NEC outreach team with ophthalmic equipment to ensure that the rural and remote populations can access eye health services.
For more details contact Will Bauer
Australian Lions Visual Independance Foundation
Now that the NDIS has fully rolled out across Australia, this service is no longer required. This is a great thing as more people will gain access to the technology and support that is needed.
For Lions Clubs, it just means that we move onto the next task of serving and helping our communities on a local, national and international level.
Low Vision Clinics
District 201Q4 supports Low Vision Clinics in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba and Maroochydore.
The clinic at Mooloolaba is run by Vision Australia and the rest are run by Guide Dogs Australia.
The aims of the Clinics are to:
- Teach clients to use their remaining sight more efficiently
- Teach clients to develop the use of their other senses to re-enforce their remaining sight
- Give special help with independent living skills
- Assess on the extent of visual handicap suffered and thence to recommend on the availability of various low vision aids
- Provide a forum for education, social and recreational activities