Lions Sight brings affordable eye care to Greenville

Published 4:13 pm Sunday, May 12, 2024

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Alabama Lions Sight, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing funds for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and defects for Alabama’s medically indigent, is bringing its mobile eye clinic to Greenville. Established in 1944 as a response to Helen Keller’s call to action, Alabama Lions Sight has since grown to serve 1,429,000 Lions in 43,900 clubs worldwide.

The mobile eye clinic offers full dilation eye exams for only $20, a fraction of the national average cost of $135 to $200. Glasses are also available at a reduced cost, with single vision lenses priced at $40 and bifocals at $60. Transition lenses are available for an additional charge. 

Cody Davis, chief operations officer, highlighted the organization’s efforts.

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“We go to Departments of Public Health and do full dilation eye exams,” Davis said. “We are literally the same as a brick-and-mortar eye doctor but on wheels.” 

Davis also emphasized the affordability of their services.

“Patients can walk out paying $60 to $80 all in, and their glasses will be mailed to their house in 14 to 21 business days.”

The program’s mobile clinic currently serves 43 out of the 67 counties in Alabama and aims to eventually cover the entire state. The clinic will be at the Butler County Department of Public Health located at 350 Airport Road on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional visits are scheduled for Aug. 15 and Nov. 21. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 334-382-3154, and early booking is recommended as slots fill up quickly. Patients who are unable to secure an appointment during these visits can schedule for future visits or arrange a visit in a neighboring county.

David Lovell, president of the Greenville Lions Club, emphasized the organization’s commitment to affordable eye care.

“Vision is something we care deeply about. The Lion’s mission within the Greenville community has always been focused on vision screening and eyeglasses,” Lovell said. “Fundraisers like the annual Radio Day program held by the Greenville Lions Club each October help to fund Alabama Lions Sight each year. We understand that there is a need for vision services within the community and that there are those that can’t always afford to have that need met, so these vision screenings are critical.”

For more information about Alabama Lions Sight and its services, visit The organization relies on funding from Lions Clubs of Alabama, corporations, foundations, and other generous donors in the community to provide medical assistance to those in need.