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Responding to a need

 

According to Johnson & Johnson Vision, Myopia, often called nearsightedness, is commonly understood as the inability to see far away objects clearly without glasses or contact lenses. It is, in fact, much more than that. Myopia is a chronic progressive disease where continued eye growth not only worsens distance vision, it also increases future risk of sight-threatening complications.

In 2002, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision offered a solution, co-founding Sight For Kids (SFK). Today, SKF is known as the largest-known, school-based eye health program that mobilizes Lions and eye care professionals to provide comprehensive eye health services in low-income schools around the world.

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Real impact: By the numbers

 

Sight For Kids doesn't just help transform the lives of children, but entire communities. Parents relieved, teachers informed, and communities engaged, all by helping one child at a time see the world clearly and reach their greatest potential.

42 million

students screened around the world
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3 million

students reached annually
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600,000

students treated
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500,000

pairs of eyeglasses provided to children in need
eyeglasses

6.4 million

educational materials distributed
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200,000

teachers engaged
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*Updated annually

How it works

 
  • Coordinate: Lions partner with government, schools, and community-based organizations to identify locations in underserved communities
  • Train: Lions train teachers about the importance of eye health
  • Deliver: Lions work with schools to screen children
  • Refer: Lions coordinate follow-up care for children who are referred to medical institutions
  • Treat: Qualified eye care providers provide special surgeries and treatment for children
  • Provide: Qualified eye care providers provide eyeglasses to children
How it works

Celebrating our partnership

LCIF and Johnson & Johnson Vision, a global leader in eye health, celebrate the 20-year anniversary our shared mission to serve those in need around the world and close the gap in access to eye care. Together, we’ve had an immense impact and delivered healthy sight to millions over the past 20 years, all with an eye toward the future and the lives Sight For Kids will continue to change globally. Report and infographic are available in English only.

Sight For Kids expands

 

From Asia to Africa to North America! In Spring 2022, International President (then Lions Clubs International First Vice President) Brian Sheehan visited the first United States site in Miami, Florida, to celebrate the partnership and the program’s expansion.