West Knox Lions Club

Knoxville, Tennessee - United States

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KidSight Program

We have done KidSight Screening since its start in July 1997. The screening results are reviewed by professionally trained individuals. Parents are then notified of the results. Follow up coordinator assists the parents where necessary. The program is designed to do Preschool Vision Screening.  Vision problems   affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school age children. Untreated eye problems can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.Childhood blindness emerges as the leading burden of blindness, second only to cataract, when measured in terms of "years of blindness."  When a child goes blind, it's often a life­ time sentence.    Perhaps more unsettling, nearly 50 percent of childhood blindness is avoidable.

Why preschool vision  screening? Preschool vision screenings detect risk factors that cause poor vision in young children. Often a child can't tell you that there's a vision problem. Once discovered and treated at an early age (prior to age seven) the child will be able to grow and learn with good vision.Screenings are noninvasive; eyes are not dilated and there is no need for our screeners to touch the child and are at no cost to the parent or guardian.To schedule a screening call the West Knox Lions Club at 865-690-6317 or 865-556-9091

Smoky Mountain Lions Charities Mobile Vision Lab

Smoky Mountain Lions Charities Inc is a 501 (c) 3 corporation and was formed in 2005 by the West Knox, Farragut, Knox North and Fountain Lions Clubs. The primary reason for forming the Corporation was to allow donors to deduct their contributions to us on their income tax. The original Name was Knox County Lions Charities, Inc.  Soon other clubs wanted to join us outside of Knox County so the Name was changed to Smoky Mountain Lions Charities, Inc. In 2010 they acquired a vision lab that Remote Area Medical, Inc was retiring.

Sight Conservation

We provide eye exams and glasses to those in need in our service area, averaging 11 pairs of glasses per month and 8 exams per month through the Smoky Mountain Lions Charities Mobile Vision Lab. We also collect thousands of used eyeglasses each year for re-use in third world countries. Residents in our service area can apply for assistance in obtaining eye exams and a new pair of glasses free of charge.For sight conservations other then exams and glasses we help individuals get into the KAPA program and if they do not qualify for KAPA we will try to get them approved for service through the East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank Community outreach program.

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major nonprofit provider of free pop-up clinics. Our mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. We do this by delivering free dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals. RAM’s Corps of more than 155,000 volunteers–licensed dental, vision, medical, and veterinary professionals–have treated more than 835,000 individuals delivering more than $150 million worth of free care.

Hearing Conservation

Hearing: We identify individuals that need help with hearing we assist them with getting help from the Lions District 12N hearing program administrated by the Hearing and Speech Foundation in Maryville, TN

Projects that we Support

We support the following projects through White Cane Days, an annual fundraising effort held each October:

Tennessee School for the Blind

This state-operated school for visually-impaired children located near Nashville provides educational opportunities through the twelfth grade. Special Christmas checks are presented to the children each year, and in addition, needy students are provided with clothing and necessities. A work program provides an opportunity for students to learn and develop essential work habits as well as earn a limited amount of money.

Tennessee School for the Deaf

This state-operated school provides an educational program for children with a hearing impairment such that they cannot function in their local school system. Funds are used to assist students from indigent families who need hearing devices, medicine, eye glasses, shoes, clothing, and other personal items. A student work program is also aided through these contributions.

East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank

East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank is the major clearing house between persons donating their eyes after death and the recipient of a corneal transplant. The eye bank obtains, evaluates, preserves, and distributes eye tissue. While corneal transplants are the primary objective, the eye bank also provides programs in public awareness, professional education, and research.

Lions World Services for the Blind

Lions World Services for the Blind (formerly Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind) is a comprehensive rehabilitation center for blind adults providing counseling for emotional and psychological adjustment to blindness, training in independent living and mobility skills, vocational evaluation, and high quality, marketable job skills training.

Lions Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs for blind persons. Each leader dog represents more than $9000 in training and care costs.

Lions Volunteer Blind Industries

Lions Volunteer Blind Industries and its rehabilitation center, Opportunity East, provide employment and training opportunities for hundreds of blind Tennesseans annually. LVBI maintains two manufacturing sites, Morristown and Johnson City, where blind workers earn competitive wages and make quality products for sale to commercial, state, and federal markets.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

The Tennessee Unit of Recording for the Blind in Oak Ridge, the only RFB studio in Tennessee, is part of a national network of 30 recording studios with headquarters in Princeton, NJ

Locations where used eyeglasses 
can be recycled

Stanton Optical 
7811 Kingston Pike, Knoxville , TN 37919

Payless Optical
8079 Kingston PIke
Behind O'Charley's Knoxville , TN 37919

Knoxville Eye Center  200 Ft Sanders W Boulevard Ste 101
Knoxville TN 37922

Lovell Heights Barber Shop   
10428 Kingston Pike #3
Knoxville, TN 37922

Frank Strange Senior Center 
109 Lovell Heights Rd Knoxville TN 37922

Ambrose Eye Center
9349 Park W
Boulevard Ste 105
Knoxville, TN 37923   

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