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Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Care Foundation

The Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Care Foundation, Inc. is the primary service activity of District OH1. Every Lion, in every club in District OH1  is a member the Foundation. Contributions to the Foundation are received from several sources, but most are donated by District OH1 Lions & Lioness Clubs. Applicants are also asked to help with the cost of the treatment, to the extent that they can. This is not a condition of assistance, only a means to stretch funds to continue helping others. The Foundation is an all-volunteer group with no paid staff and minimal expenses.  It is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization founded in 1988.

Every OH1 Lion is encouraged to attend the four quarterly meetings of the Foundation. Meetings are announced via letters and email to Lions Clubs, and through our District Newsletter.

Lions are renowned throughout the world for our focus on sight preservation and assisting those who have sight impairments. The goal of the Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Care Foundation is to help those who would otherwise "fall through the cracks" of government safety net programs or who have no insurance coverage. Although we accept referrals from a number of organizations it is expected that most will come to the Foundation from the local Lions or Lioness Club. We provide surgical care and funding where local Lions/Lioness Clubs cannot afford the expense.

Our medical director reviews and consults with the applicant’s surgeon to choose the best treatment option before approval. If no alternative payment resource is found, we work hard to negotiate the lowest cost for the treatment needed.

The following is a list of surgical procedures and vision equipment we may cover, following the review of an individual case and the granting of approval

We also provide the following:

The following list is items the Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Care Foundation will NOT do:

The following required forms must to be completed and delivered to PCC Darlene Roll using the contact information below. Click on the form's name to download.

Application must be submitted no later than 14 days before quarterly meetings to allow sufficient time for surgeon consultation.

For more information or for a speaker for your OH1 club contact, PCC Darlene Roll at (937) 599-1111 or bhr8456 [at] embarqmail [dot] com.

Northwestern Ohio Lions Eyebank and the NWO Lions Eyecare Foundation History