Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes has been cancelled.  Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, Special Olympics Oklahoma has made the very difficult decision to cancel all April and May sports training, competition and special events, along with the 2020 Summer Games scheduled for May 13-15.  Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of Special Olympics and the Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program during this unprecedented time.

Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International, Healthy Athletes Openeing Eyes

“Let me win. But if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics Oath

The American Optometric Association and the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians has taken an affirmative role in promoting quality eye care for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes (SOLCIOE) is a comprehensive vision and eye health program put on by Special Olympics in conjunction with the AOA and supported by Lions Clubs International.

The mission of Opening Eyes Vision and Eye Health Program is to provide quality eye health care to Special Olympics athletes, to assess the integrity of the athlete's visual system, to prescribe and dispense appropriate prescription and safety eye wear, to educate athletes, parents, and coaches about the importance of vision for sports, education and vocational performance, and to gather and publish data regarding vision, visual skills and eye health of the Special Olympic population.

The screenings consist of visual acuities, retinoscopy, ophthalmoscopy, color vision, depth perception, cover test, motilities, biomicroscopy, tonometry, and auto refraction. Any athlete failing the screening is given a complete refraction on site, and prescriptions for dress glasses and sport goggles are fabricated on site and given to the athletes free of charge. Lenses are donated by Essilor, frames are donated by Safilo, sports goggles are donated by Liberty Optical and lens edgers are donated by Santinelli.

The next vision screening will be held at the Oklahoma Special Olympics Summer Games Thursday May 14, 2020 on OSU campus in Stillwater, OK. For continued SOLCIOE successful, we request assistance from you and your staff. Please register online by fully completing the online form below and pressing the button "Submit" to volunteer your professional services. Details will be emailed to all volunteers in early May.

SOLCIOE screenings are an invaluable learning and growing experience. Not only will it be a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of Special Olympics athletes, but it will permanently alter views and attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. We hope to have as many Lions, doctors, students, and staff as possible to volunteer their time and talents. All past SOLCIOE volunteers have reported Opening Eyes to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their careers. Last year over 100 volunteers provided eye care to over 300 Special Olympic athletes. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues.

On behalf of the Special Olympics athletes, thank you in advance for volunteering for this wonderful cause.

Oklahoma Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Clinical Directors

Ryan Fenska, OD
Wes DeRosier OD, FAAO
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