Mission of Mercy Made Memorable

Provided by Lion Donna Harris, board president, AZLions Vision & Hearing Foundation

This year marks the seventh that Arizona Lions have volunteered at AZMOM (Arizona Mission of Mercy) and it’s the fifth year Lions returned to offer vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses. This year a generous donation sponsored the Medical Mobile Eye Unit to be onsite for the first time to provide eye exams. The Unit was staffed by Greg King, John Clark and four dedicated ophthalmologists who volunteered their time to provide eye exams to those in need at the December 9-10, 2022, event at the Phoenix Coliseum arena.

During the two-day event, 208 patients were provided a vision screening, and 62 patients received a referral for eye exam due to poor vision.  Thirty (30%) percent of referred patients received their eye exams onsite by the volunteer ophthalmologists.

Prescription glasses were provided by a grant from the AZ Lions Vision and Hearing Foundation of MD21 and VSP gift certificates. At least 153 reading glasses were provided, as well as 180 pair of sunglasses were provided.

All-in, the value of the vision screenings was $41,600, and the eye exams and VSP certificates boosted that number another $10,285. Add-in the reading and sunglasses, and the total value of services provided (non including volunteer hours) was $55,260.