Oregonians overwhelmingly call our Lions in Service Hotline to inquire about eye exams and glasses. Most experience uncorrected refractive error (or the inability by the eye to focus light), a highly common and correctable condition. The LEAP Optical Finishing Lab serves clubs in all MD-36 Districts. Our mission is to help Lions Keep the Promise by providing high quality, low-cost eyewear to serve those in need.
LEAP targets eligible adults meeting income criteria in the Lions Multiple District – the entire state of Oregon and part of Northern California. Our goal is for the LEAP Lab to be a more economical choice for Lions Clubs to serve more people. The Lab enhances the promise Lions made to Helen Keller to serve as Knights of the Blind.
Creating an optical lab at our current location takes LEAP to a whole new sustainable level. Our main partner, Legacy Health Systems, has donated space for a lab to grind lenses and assemble glasses as well as in-kind support for exams and follow-up care. By creating a finishing lab, we have consolidates LEAP fully and brought a new centralized structure to our statewide delivery system of providing eye exams and glasses to those in need.
Through our network of MD-36 Lions Clubs (Oregon and Northern California Lions clubs) we will receive referrals for glasses. A person will get their prescription through a local doctor with Lions’ assistance or through a referral to Legacy. Then our lab will make the glasses and ship to their location.
To access this program, applicants must call the Lions in Service line at (971) 270-0203 phone or e-mail their contact information and request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions volunteers will refer the above mentioned calls and e-mails to the appropriate club, who will then provide an application.