Opening Eyes

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


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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June 16, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Healthy Athletes Making a Big Impact for Thousands of Athletes During Summer Games

By Heather Harmer

Athletes in Maryland were able to receive bone density screening during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities are far more

All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone.View Story All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone. During Summer Games, Special Olympics Michigan celebrates the accomplishments of their Healthy Athletes program by selecting a Healthy Athlete of the Year. This year's winner was Ben Dornoff who credits Healthy Athletes with helping him led a healthier lifestyle. In Maryland, athletes and their families were excited about the bone density screenings during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities have a far greater risk of osteoporosis then people without disabilities. However this screening is not widely available during an athlete's physical. Thanks to the volunteers; both the clinical and students who give their time and talents to providing free screening.

About Heather Harmer:Heather Harmer is the Senior Manager for Healthy Athletes in North America.
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November 11, 2016

Fall Sports Classic Healthy Athletes Event

At the Healthy Athletes event at the Fall Sports Classic, the following disciplines will be offered: Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, and Health Promotions. These screenings will be offered free to all athletes who have a current physical on file at Special Olympics Kansas. Screening forms are sent to guardians if health issues are identified so a follow-up with their health care professional may be made. Each discipline has a Clinical Director who recruits volunteers to assist with the screening.
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Terri Price
Email:pricet@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9092
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OKUN Field House
20200 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, Kansas
UNITED STATES

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