• Photo by TIM EMMONS - Atlanta Lions Club members stand with Southern College of Optometry student Elizabeth McDowell. From left are: Dr. Steven Pratt. McDowell, Dr. Randal Cox, Lions Club President Kevin Sherman, Mayor Travis Ransom, Clay Collins, Stuart Smith and Dr. Michael Dodd.

Atlanta Lions Club learns about SVOSH

The Atlanta Lions Club learned about Student Volunteer Optometric Service for Humanity or SVOSH in Feb. after an insightful presentation from Elizabeth McDowell.
McDowell is a student at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., and is a member of the Lions Club chapter at the school. 
McDowell also collects donated glasses and funds from various Lions Clubs to aid in their service.
In 2017, 91 SVOSH members and 22 staff doctors divided into eight groups and traveled to Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua. 
During these trips, the members performed 6,917 eye exams and gave out 8,076 pairs of prescription spectacles and non-prescription sunglasses. McDowell will be traveling to provide vision care in Mexico this summer. The Southern College of Optometry is dedicated to the study of optometry, the field of medicine that includes not only the performance of refractive eye examinations and the fitting of necessary corrective lenses or vision therapy, but also the diagnosis and treatment of numerous ocular diseases. 
Lions Clubs in the United States are the most important supporters of SVOSH. Throughout the year, SVOSH members speak at Lions Clubs throughout the country. Lions Clubs helps by sponsoring students for mission trips and donating glasses. 
During their annual trip they dispense thousands of glasses, a demand which is mostly met through the generous donations of Lions Clubs. 
SVOSH accepts donated glasses which include: non-prescription sunglasses, men’s prescription glasses, women’s prescription glasses, children’s prescription glasses, bifocals/readers and antique/vintage/gold glasses.
You can donate your old glasses here in Atlanta at Family Eye Care Clinic located at 719 W. Main Street or Offenhauser and Company located at 205 W. Main Street.
In Queen City you can drop off your old glasses at Cass County Bank located at 401 Hwy. 59.


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