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Opening Eyes is changing lives in communities across the globe, providing free eye assessments, prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles to people with intellectual disabilities.


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The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Led by volunteer vision care professionals, Opening Eyes is able to offer prescription eyewear, sunglasses, and sports goggles to Special Olympics athletes.

For more information, contact Bjoern Koehler, Manager, Opening Eyes.


Opening Eyes News and Stories


November 10, 2016 | Africa: Senegal

Opening Eyes® Provides Free Glasses to Children Across 3 Cities in Senegal

By By Rajah Diouri Sy

"Bravo Special Olympics!" Free vision and eye screenings were held for 118 children and adolescents from Dakar, Kaolack and Thies at Le Dantec University Hospital Opthamology Clinic in Dakar.

Free vision and eye screenings were held for 118 children and adolescents from Dakar, Kaolack and Thies.View Story Free vision and eye screenings were held for 118 children and adolescents from Dakar, Kaolack and Thies at Le Dantec University Hospital Opthamology Clinic in Dakar, Senegal. Corrective glasses and sunglasses were given on site by our generous partners, Essilor. Yeumbeul Club and the Senegal Childhood Action Centre members joined in this massive effort, and a big thanks goes to Professor Paule Aïda Ndoye Roth and his team of medical professional volunteers for making the clinic premises at the hospital available to our athletes. The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program is a vision and eye health screening in partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Essilor representative Mohamed Agrebi, present on the day, said he was delighted to have taken part. “As Essilor we promote these initiatives, and are happy to have improved the vision of these young athletes at this excellently organised event. Bravo Special Olympics!”

About By Rajah Diouri Sy:I am the National Director of Special Olympics Senegal.
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December 29, 2015 | East Asia: China

Dr. Stefan Schwarz, the Global Clinical Director of Special Olympics Kicked Off “Opening Eyes” Clinical Director Train the Trainer Workshop in China

By SOEA

The annual symposium of ophthalmology in Zhejiang Province provided an opportunity for the first standalone Special Olympics “Opening Eyes” Clinical Director Train the Trainer workshop in China.View Story The annual symposium of ophthalmology in Zhejiang Province provided an opportunity for the first standalone Special Olympics “Opening Eyes” Clinical Director Train the Trainer workshop in China. Nearly 30 ophthalmological specialists stood out from 500 delegates participated in the training. Dr. Stefan Schwarz, the Global Clinical Director of Special Olympics made the special trip to China to conduct the training. Thanks to the strong support from Special Olympics China, Zhejiang Disabled Persons' Federation, Wenzhou Medical University and Alcon Foundation, we engaged more medical professionals for Special Olympics health programs. During the event, the Special Olympics Health Program presentation had attracted attentions from about 500 experts in such a large-scale professional ophthalmological conference. Our Special Olympics Global Clinical Directors had also received international certification successfully. Regional president of Lions Club International, Mr. Jiang Weiqiang also met with Special Olympics healthcare consultants from around the world.

About SOEA:I am a Special Olympics staff
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October 22, 2015 | North America: Virginia

National Optronics Opening MORE Eyes in Virginia

By By Katie McGinty Botha

Special Olympics reception and check presentation at National Optronics in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Special Olympics Virginia received a generous donation to ensure more athletes can attend Summer Games Healthy Athletes screening and treatment programs in 2016. Plus, National Optronics provides volunteers and specialized equipment for the Opening Eyes program.View Story Special Olympics Virginia received a generous donation to ensure more athletes can attend Summer Games Healthy Athletes screening and treatment programs in 2016. In addition to funds, National Optronics provides volunteers and specialized equipment for the Opening Eyes program. 2016 promises to be an exceptionally Eye Opening year thanks to their input and expertise. In Virginia, since 2013, athletes can qualify to attend the prestigious Summer Games event based on health needs alone. Prior to this, athletes needed to qualify based on sports ability in order to have free access to screening and treatments. Contrary to popular belief, Special Olympics athletes do not have the same access to quality health care as the rest of the population. Partners like National Optronics are helping Special Olympics Virginia to change the game for athletes in need.

About By Katie McGinty Botha:I am Vice President of Development & Communications at Special Olympics Virginia.
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