The purpose of the Lions Optometric Vision Clinic (LOVC) is to provide quality eye care for individuals throughout San Diego County, who are otherwise unable to obtain assistance through private insurance or other social service agencies. This includes low-income families, or those undergoing rehabilitation programs. The LOVC provides many vision and eye health services for the public, including comprehensive eye examinations, low-cost glasses, dilated retinal evaluations for diabetic patients, Optos retinal photography, vision therapy, and glaucoma screenings.
The LOVC was conceived and inaugurated in 1963 by the San Diego Downtown Lions Club and was located in a downstairs room of the old Blind Recreation Center (BRC). In 1990, a charitable fundraising organization called Share-A-Vision was formed for the purpose of obtaining the funding necessary for construction of a new facility. In August of 1999, the new Blind Community Center and the Lions Optometric Vision Clinic opened their doors! This new clinic has 2 fully equipped examination rooms, as well as secretarial and Optometric Assistant stations. State-of the-art equipment and optical instruments were purchased through donations from the Lions International Foundation, Local Lions Clubs, individual donors, and our very own San Diego County Optometric Society.
We all know that our lives and schedules can get very busy and hectic throughout the week, so SDCOS has created an incentive program to those doctors who are able and willing to volunteer for a shift at the LOVC.
- Members who volunteer will receive a free 5-hour CE registration
- Non-members who volunteer will receive a 70$ discount off registration for any CE event
- SDCOS will extend this discount up to twice per year per doctor
Additionally, the LOVC is willing to work around any scheduling needs that you may require.
- Patients are typically seen in the mornings from 9am-1pm, but LOVC would be happy to accommodate you in the afternoons if needed
- Patients can also be scheduled in your own offices if you cannot make it to the clinic
- LOVC can arrange for Saturday volunteering if you work Monday through Friday
- You can set your own schedule of how many patients you would be comfortable seeing during your time in the clinic, and you can request a certain age group (e.g. children)
The LOVC and SDCOS have had a very long and successful relationship together and SDCOS is committed to continuing to support the LOVC in any and every way possible. The eye examinations at LOVC are free of cost to those who qualify, but this is largely possible because of the doctors who are so gracious to volunteer their time to provide services to the patients in need. Currently, there is an extensive wait-time for those in need of an eye exam and optical services. SDCOS asks that you please consider donating any time that you may have to help this organization continue to serve a very needing and deserving group of people.
Please let any of our board members know if you have any questions!