About once a month or so, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation sends a small team to the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) clinic in Brunswick, Georgia to facilitate eye examinations and provide eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them. Millican Eye Center, a local optometric practice, donates time to provide the eye examinations and Lions Club volunteers fit the glasses.
Volunteers come from the Jekyll Island, Golden Isles and Brunswick Lions Clubs. If their club has collected used eyeglasses, they are turned over to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation team at this time. The team usually comes in a van and the boxes of used eyeglasses are stacked inside.
All the Lions volunteers are given training on how to accurately fit eyeglass frames on a client. Once the client chooses an attractive frame, the volunteer measures the pupil distance of each eye to the middle of their nose. The volunteer also marks where each client’s pupil centers on the glass. If the client is getting bifocals, then the volunteer marks and measures the distance from the top of the lower eye lid to the bottom of the frame. The distance has to be more than 10 milimeters or the frames will not work as a bifocal. All the measurements are noted on a card that is placed in an envelope with the frames. Then the frames are sent to a laboratory with the prescription for fabrication. Completed eyeglasses are mailed to the client.
In the pictures above are volunteers from the three local Lions Clubs and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. It is rewarding to bring the gift of sight to those in need.