What is the purpose of Loma Linda Lions Eye Foundation
- To provide eye care for residents of the area served by Lions District 4L5.
- To establish a referral system through a Lions Foundation to benefit both paying
and non-paying patients requiring diagnosis, treatment and care for diseases of the eyes.
- Those with the ability to pay will pay, and those without the ability to pay
will be treated free of charge or according to their ability to pay.
- Persons already covered for eye care by their HMOs are not eligible unless a
recommmendation is made and aproval is given by the HMO doctor.
- Decisions are made by a majority of a board of trustees, consisting of Lions
and Lioness only.
- All 4 regions of District 4L5 are represented by four members per region and
one Lioness representing the Lioness clubs.
Who provides the service for eye treatment and care
- Loma Linda's Department of Ophthalmology is the service provider which includes doctors specializing in cataract surgery,
diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, pediatrics, macular degeneration, comprehensive and neuro-ophthalmology.
Dose the Foundation pay for the doctor's services
- LLLEF does not pay for individual treatment, but donates to Loma Linda in lump sum increments, as it is able.
- Monies are raised through club memberships, award plaques, memorials and donations.
- Referrals from non-member clubs are accepted, but club memberships are encouraged in order to help defray costs. A
one-time-only membership fee of $100 is requested plus dues of one dollar per member per month. The club will be billed twice
yearly, in July and January.
- Clubs are encouraged to budget for LLLEF as they would for any other service project.
- Send monies to Treasurer Steve Fedor, PO Box 1871, Yucaipa, CA 92399.
- A plaque can reward a deserving Sight Chairman, a local eye doctor who has given your club a break on eye exams and
glasses for school children or any deserving person.
.....The Hugh Arther award can be purchased for $250.
.....The Betty Clark Mong award for $500.
.....The Helen Keller award for $1,000.
- The order form, filled out and accompanied by a check made out to:
PO Box 1871
Yucaipa, CA 92399.
Why do we need LLLEF when we already have SCLEI
- Convenience!! Distance to Santa Monica was a hardship for a handicapped patient or for a Lion member providing the
patient with transportation to doctor appointments. Patients can now recive treatment closer to home and trips to Santa Monica
are no longer necessary.
- LLLEF fulfills the need for specialized eye care for residents of District 4L5 only.
Where does the patient go for appointments
- To 11370 Anderson St., Suite 1800, Loma Linda for all scheduled appointments.
What is the step by step Procedure for referring someone who is having a vision problem
but whose local eye doctor canot fix it
- Ask your club president for an LLLEF referral form.
- If necessary, help your friend fill it out completely, include
- Insurance information and signature for release of medical records.
- Your Lions or Lioness Club and your Name as the referring member, as well as your signature.
- On the back, description of patient's condition in patient's own words.
- Report from the local doctor, Loma Linda requires this to confirm that help from Loma Linda is recommended.
- Make copies for your club Sight Chairman and the patient.
- Send completed form to PDG Dwight Winans, whose address is on the front of the referral form. The referral will be
forwarded to Loma Linda where a staff member will call the patient to set up an appointment at the 11370 Anderson Street,
Suite 1800, Loma Linda, CA address.
- Rember, Loma Linda does not provide glasses, contact lenses or prescriptions. These should be provided by local optometrist
- A referral can be made through any Lions or Lioness club, weather the club is a member or not, as long as the club
submits the referral form, completely and properly filled out.
- Forms not completely filled out are returned to the Board of Trustees, who then must try to get the missing information,
causing much unnecessary delay.
- An average of 65 to 75 referrals are made through Lions and Lioness clubs each year.
- LLLEF turns back to Loma Linda an average of $15,000 per year for which Lion/Lioness referrals recive over $140,000
worth of services provided by the Loma Linda staff.
- The most frequent conditions that Lion/Lioness referrals are treated for cataracts and glaucoma but other eye diseases
and conditions are treated also.
- If the one-time club membership fee of $100 was paid at the time the club first became a member, it is not required
again even if the membership lapsed somewhere along the way and the club wishes to regain membership status.
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