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 THE LOUISIANA LIONS EYE FOUNDATION

Radiocaratonomy. Lasix. Common words. Common practice. A sign of age. The norm.

Thank a Lion. Thank the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the International Association of Lions Clubs to be “The Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness”. The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation (LLEF) took that challenge to heart. Since its inception in 1974, it IS the financial arm of Louisiana Lions Clubs for funding their vision, hearing and diabetic programs.

Almosteye foundation from the onset, LLEF has teamed with LSU for many ground-breaking developments in the world of vision. New technology. New Medications. New procedure.

Today, that partnership is bringing a brighter tomorrow as improvements are being made on the work of the past and new findings are being discovered for the future. Continuing work is being done on new anti-inflammatory and antiviral drops for Herpes Simplex viral corneal infections that not only treat the infection but prevent the scarring that causes vision loss. Progress is being made on discovering the genetic causes of inherited retinal degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, which will lead to its detection, prevention and treatment. From one of its vision clinics, LLEF can refer patients to LSU Optomology for additional treatment if need be.

And as always, standing behind the Lions Club motto of “We Serve”, all this is done at little or no cost to the individual.

The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation. Providing a brighter tomorrow.

CUBSIGHT

Although a part of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, the Cubsight program is a project unto itself. Where the LLEF is the financial arm of Louisiana Lions, Cubsight is an active arm.

Using state-of-the-art technology that detects amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, Lions members themselves are able to non-intrusively screen the eyes of preschool children from ages 1 to 6 at no charge. The results of those screens are sent to the doctors of the LLEF for evaluation. If those doctors detect a problem, the parents are notified to take the child to their family eye doctor for further evaluation. As always, if the family is in financial difficulty, the Lions aid in providing the eye doctor and the treatment for whatever the cause may be. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, over 22,000 children were screened, with only 20% being referred for evaluation, but that is 20% with a chance at sight. Why Cubsight, in a vast majority of those referrals, there was no indication to the parents of a vision impairment.

Lions Club Cubsight. Ensuring a brighter tommorrow for our children.cubsight 

THE LOUISIANA LIONS CHILDREN’S CAMP

Prior to 1957, there was no summer camp for a challenged child in Louisiana. In that year, Louisiana Lions faced the heartbreak of not being able to send wanting children to camp. The idea was born. Build one.

The Louisiana Lions League for Cripples Children, Inc. was chartered, and borrowing the facilities of Camp Windy Wood campin Grant Parish, Louisiana Lions began making summer camp a reality for its challenged children with no other place to go. In 1961, the Louisiana Lions Camp opened its doors at its present location on Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish to its first group of children, 8 to 15 year olds with physical challenges. A few years later, the Camp’s facilities had grown to be able to include mentally challenged children. By 1989, the camp had grown to be able to include both insulin dependent  children and children with pulmonary disorders.

Today, the American Camp Association accredited Camp occupies 170 acres of woodland, providing two separate one-week sessions of summer camp at no charge to the challenged youth of Louisiana, broken into three categories: youth with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, youth with mental challenges, and youth with cystic fibrosis, severe and chronic asthma, tracheostomy and those that are ventilator-assisted.

Louisiana Lions Camp. Where challenge meets fun.

Our Corporate Sponsor has donated this web space to the Lions of Louisiana in appreciation for the services provided by Louisiana Lions.

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