Better Vision. Better Hearing. Better Georgia.
The Lions Lighthouse has a mobile clinic that visits 26 sites throughout Georgia. At each clinic, qualifying individuals can receive a fully dilated eye exam and eyeglasses, which are produced at our Chamblee clinic. The clinics allow the Lighthouse and its partners to diagnose and treat serious eye conditions before the client experiences permanent vision loss.
- Take the vision application online.
- Download an application for eyeglasses or an exam.
- Bajar una aplicación en español
The Vision Clinic Program's Purpose and Goals
In November 2006, the Lions Lighthouse started a new vision clinic program. This program provides qualifying patients three very important vision services:
- Full dilated eye exam (performed by either an ophthalmologist or optometrist).
- One pair of eyeglasses every 3 years.
- Follow-up care for chronic eye conditions, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
There are several goals that the Lions Lighthouse would like to meet with this program:
- To address the vision needs of the uninsured and financially needy in Georgia.
- To deliver professional vision services throughout these sites on a consistent basis.
- To increase Lion involvement throughout the state in addressing the problem of vision needs.
|The Lighthouse's work is made possible by our volunteer doctors! If you are a doctor or you know a doctor who might be interested in volunteering, you can help by by filling out this easy form!|
The clinics were piloted in Atlanta at Good Samaritan Health Center and St. Joseph's Mercy Care Clinic. They proved to be such a success that the Lions Lighthouse wanted to take them on the road to provide services all across Georgia.
In May 2007 that dream came true through the generous donations of Lions Club members, grants, and foundation gifts. Eye equipment was purchased, as well as a 16 passenger van, to take all over the state of Georgia.
The objective of these vision clinics is to be able to provide services to patients above and beyond what the local Lions Clubs are able to provide in their own communities. The Lighthouse partners with a free health clinic in each location. There are currently 3 sites in the state, with at least one in each Lions Club district, providing these services on a consistent basis.
We bring our mobile eye clinic to each of these locations once a month or once every two months. Please do not walk up at these clinics for eye care, and do not call them regarding your Lighthouse appointment. They are separate organizations and will not be able to help you. If you would like to attend a Lighthouse eye clinic, please fill out and return our vision services application (en español) along with the supporting documentation on page one. Once you are approved, we will contact you with a date, place, and time for your appointment. Thank you!
The clinic sites include: (click the link for a google map to the site)
Samaritan Health Center - Albany
802 N. Jefferson St.
Albany, GA 31701
Mercy Health Center
767 Oglethorpe Ave
Athens, GA 30606
Ben Massell Dental Clinic
700 14th St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Good Samaritan Health Center
1015 Donald Lee Holowell Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Lamar Medical Center
1448 Lee Beard Way
Augusta, GA 30901
Coastal Medical Access Project
2605 Parkwood Dr.
Brunswick, GA 31520
800 Beacon St.
Waycross, GA 31503
Many thanks to the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Georgia Free Clinic Network, who provide generous support to our clinic program!
Visit them online at www.unitedwayatlanta.org, and www.gfcn.org.
Our Vision Providers
Our vision providers are the backbone of our eye clinic and surgery programs. Without them, we would not be able to serve the thousands of Georgians who cannot afford vision care through other means. If you would like to serve as a vision provider, please contact Shamae Crosswhite at 404-325-3630 x 302. Our current providers are listed below:
Joe Andersen, OD
Jon Forche, OD
Christie Person, OD
Susan Primo, OD
Brigette Rabitsch, OD
Kim Raharja, OD
Dolly Rajammannar-Kakarala, OD
Gary Richman, MD
John Rieser, MD
Michael Rothschild, OD
Denise Shepard, OD
Shalini Sood, MD
Kelly Spetalnick, OD
Jodie Summers, OD
Chanh Tu, MD
Thao Vu, OD
Bret Wagenhorst, MD
Kristi Walts, OD
Jennifer Wilcox, OD