Eye Clinic Serving Lions District 24-L

In 1966 the Lions Eye Clinic was established at the Joseph Willard Health Center, City of Fairfax as a cooperative effort between the District 24-A (now District 24-L) Lions Clubs, the Fairfax County Health Department and volunteer ophthalmologists. The Clinic's mission is to provide basic eye care to people who could not afford care.The Lions Eye Clinic moved to Fairfax Hospital in 1974. The clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

The Lions Eye Clinic provides services for indigent individuals only. Family assistance workers in the Fairfax County Health Department determine an individual's indigent status. Individuals, who have no medical insurance coverage, meet certain income standards based on the number of dependents, and are classified as coming under the Income "A" category may qualify as indigent. Referrals to the Clinic are made by the Fairfax County Health Department, Arlington County Health Department, Arlington Free Clinic, Baileys Crossroads Health Clinic, Alexandria Casey Clinic, South County Health Clinic, and doctors. Any Lions Club throughout District 24-L can refer indigent individuals to the Lions Eye Clinic for treatment and or surgery. This should be arranged through the District VLEIF Chairperson.

Daily Operations

The Lions Eye Clinic at Fairfax Hospital operates five days a week. Within the Clinic's operation are many specialized areas. Cataract, Glaucoma, Oculoplastics, Retina, Lions, Children Specialty Services, and Cornea/External Disease services are available . These services are scheduled throughout the month.

Eye examination patients are scheduled into the Lions Eye Clinic on designated Fridays. Volunteer ophthalmologists offer their services to conduct examinations. A representative from the Fairfax County Health Department is present to assist in the processing of scheduled patients.