Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision/eye health)


The Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program is changing lives in communities across the globe by providing comprehensive eye assessments, prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles to Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities in general. After going through 12 testing stations, the exam information is reviewed and a decision is made if the athlete needs a new pair of prescription glasses or sport goggles. Through the generosity of our corporate sponsors Essilor (lenses) and Safilo (frames), athletes choose from a selection of eye wear. Athletes who do not need any corrective lenses receive plano sunglasses also provided by Safilo.

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  • Fact Sheets (PDF): This fact sheet explains the components of the Opening Eyes discipline and the goals of the program. Global | United States
  • Global Fact Sheet Sponsors (PDF): This fact sheet explains the impact of Opening Eyes and its partners.
  • Health (website): A collection on Flickr of photos from Healthy Athletes clinics and other health programs worldwide.
  • Health Professional Training: Special Olympics has developed training for healthcare providers on working with people with intellectual disabilities. These free e-learning courses are available online. This interactive learning experience arms healthcare providers with the knowledge and understanding of how to be more inclusive as it relates to health programming and services.

Virtual Opening Eyes – Eye Connect





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