Chief of Service of Grady Hospital Ophthalmology Speaks to Club

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May 26, 2016

Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD, chief of service of ophthalmology at Grady Memorial Hospital and in the cornea service at Emory Eye Center spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  Dr. Khalifa spoke to the club about growing burden of eye health conditions facing Grady patients and how the hospital was managing these challenges with new service protocol and more efficient eye screening technologies.  Grady is in the early stages rolling out new eye screening technology for diabetic retinopathy in order to better target patients with severe eye conditions due to diabetes.  Members of the club are interested in partnering with Emory and Grady to serve the population suffering from this eye disease.  Club Member, Danny Haddad, MD who is the Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Global Ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center arranged the speaking engagement.

In addition to the Club speaker the luncheon was also attended by members of the Atlanta-Metro Club and the Atlanta-Peachtree Club as part of a District L Zone Chair Meeting.

Club Member Establishing Vision Screening Program in Belize

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

August 13, 2015

Atlanta Lions Club member Cyd McDowell has been travelling this week in Belize with KidSight USA representatives to establish a child vision screening program in this Central American country.  The program is part of the Belize Lions Clubs efforts to provide young Belizeans with free eye screening.  The screenings will commence countrywide in September at the beginning of their school year.  The Belize Lions Clubs are committed to pay for eye glasses for children who need them, and whose parents cannot afford to pay for the treatment services.

Below is footage from Belize TV Channel 7 discussing the vision screening program with remarks from Lion Cyd McDowell and Past International Director Dr. Ed Cordes.  Ed heads the Lions KidSight USA Program and is a Lion from Corning, New York.

Way to go Lion Cyd!

ATL Lions to Vision Screen @ ATL Fire Rescue Back-To-School Supply Drive

FireAugust 1, 2015

The Atlanta Lions Club will be conducting free vision screenings at a back-to-school event hosted by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.  The Fire Department will be providing school supplies and backpacks for needy children of the South Atlanta neighborhoods just south of Turner Fields.  On July 18th Atlanta Lions members met representatives from the Fire Department at the Yo Boulevard Block Party and then were invited to participate as community sponsor.  Two or three Lions will be tucked away in the Fire Chief’s office screening children who attend and wish to have their eyes checked for low visual acuity.

The location of the event is Fire Station 2, 1568 Jonesboro Road, SE  Atlanta, GA  30315 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Please contact Lion Jotham Reubel or Gary Martin if you would like to participate.