Sierra Vista Herald
April 4, 2016

BISBEE — The Lions Club mobile eye unit visited the Copper Queen Hospital on Friday and provided free eye exams and eyeglasses to local residents.

The effort is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the hospital’s annual golf tournament, which raised more than $35,000 in November.

Coordinator Gregory King, with the Arizona Lions Vision Center in Phoenix, recruits ophthalmologists from Phoenix, Tucson and Sierra Vista, who all volunteer their time to provide the service, King said. With only three full-time ophthalmologists in Sierra Vista, King said, the need in the rural areas of the region is great. The Arizona Medical Eye Unit visits Bisbee, Douglas, Elfrida and Sunsites, King said.

“This effort by Copper Queen Hospital is part of improving the health of our citizens,” said Jim Dickson, hospital CEO. “Many poor people do not have eye insurance and can not afford glasses so we have partnered with the Lions Club and the Arizona Ophthalmological Association to subsidize this care and make it available to people. We cannot understand how someone who wants to get a job cannot see without getting their glasses, and therefore has no way of getting them.”

Copper Queen hosts the Lions Club mobile eye unit several times each year in Bisbee and Douglas. The Lions Vision Center, Inc., provides ophthalmological medical eye examinations to rural areas in Arizona where ophthalmic care is not readily available. The hospital provides financial support to allow free medical eye exams, patient education/awareness about eye disease and donated eyeglasses to those who qualify.

To find out when the unit will be in Douglas, contact Rosemary Toscano at 520-805-6807.

For Bisbee, contact Mary Mendoza at 520-432-6435.

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