The mission of Special Olympics – Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® is to improve the quality of life for the millions of individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities by optimizing their vision, eye health and visual skills through quality eye care.
The Opening Eyes® program also aims to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the importance of regular eye care, educate and change attitudes of eye care professionals about the vision care needs of persons with intellectual disabilities worldwide, and increase knowledge of visual and eye health needs of persons with intellectual disabilities through research.
The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International “Opening Eyes®” program is a vision and eye health screening, conducted in partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation. Under the direction of volunteer eye care professionals, “Opening Eyes®” is able to provide eyewear, sunglasses and goggles to Special Olympics athletes. The screening process takes approximately 30 - 45 minutes with athletes passing through various testing and education stations. Every athlete who needs vision correction is provided with a free pair of glasses and/or sports goggles. Athletes who do not need prescription glasses receive free sunglasses. A review may include the following:
(FAR AND NEAR)
STEREO (3D) VISION
EYE ALIGNMENT & MUSCLE MOVEMENT
FRONT & INSIDE THE EYE EVALUATION
FREE PRESCRIPTION OR SUN GLASSES
OPENING EYES CLINICAL DIRECTORS