LCIF is a leader in providing support for preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight for people around the world. Our sight programs range from developing and improving eye care systems to providing sight-restoring surgeries and treatments to distributing medications to those most at-risk for eye diseases.
Since its inception in 1990, the SightFirst program has played a key role in reducing global blindness. It is only through the collaborative efforts of Lions, our partners, local health authorities, eye care professionals and other non-governmental organizations that SightFirst has been able to help 30 million people have improved or restored vision. SightFirst serves as a leading member of VISION 2020, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
With a focus on building comprehensive and sustainable eye care systems, SightFirst provides funding for projects that deliver eye care services, build or strengthen eye care facilities, train professionals and build awareness about eye health in underserved communities. Through two fundraising campaigns, Lions are investing US$415 million in the SightFirst program to extend its services to even more people in need throughout the world. With an average cost of just US$6 to help restore a person’s vision or prevent blindness, millions more will be given the gift of sight.
Many of LCIF’s sight initiatives are the result of strong partnerships with groups that share our dedication to preserving sight and fighting global blindness.
In order to improve eye health, SightFirst is committed to understanding the causes, impacts and solutions to the world’s major eye issues and diseases.