New Eyeglasses for the Financially Needy

As a community service, the Fairfax Lions Club provides new eyeglasses to adults in our geographic service area (City of Fairfax, Centreville, and Chantilly) who are uninsured with total family income less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.   Financial need is verified by the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD).  Residents with addresses in our geographic area should contact the Eye Clinic at the Joseph Willard Health Center on Old Lee Highway in the City of Fairfax.  Persons with addresses in other geographic areas should contact the Eye Clinic at the FCHD facility nearest to where you live, or Javier Alarcon – Family Assistance Supervisor, FCHD, 703-246-8659, or Shauna Severo, BSN, MAIS, 703-246-8776,   They both work at 10777 Main Street, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA – 22030.  The main desk number is 703-246-2411.

Residents in Fairfax County or incorporated cities within the county who meet the above guidelines may get an appointment at the Inova Cares Lions Eye Clinic near the Fairfax Inova hospital complex on Gallows Road.  The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) makes these appointments.  The appointments lead to a no-cost, complete eye exam and eyeglass prescription.  In addition, the clinic provides no-cost comprehensive ophthalmic care, including laser, medical, and surgical care for all types of eye conditions for qualifying residents.  Please be advised that you may experience a delay in receiving an appointment because of varying levels of patient backlog.

When an eyeglass prescription is obtained by persons in our geographic area, it should be taken back to the Eye Clinic at the Joseph Willard Health Center.  That clinic will notify the Fairfax Lions Club eyeglass coordinator who will mail an authorization letter to the home address of the person needing glasses.  The letter gives instruction on where to obtain the glasses.  The Fairfax Lions Club pays the provider for the cost of the glasses – not the person seeking assistance.

Fairfax Lions Club supports the Virginia Lions Eye Institute Foundation (VLEIF) which provides $50,000 annually to help INOVA with the expenses associated with the Inova Cares Lions Eye Clinic.  VLEIF has also purchased the majority of all of the equipment associated with the clinic and provides new equipment when it is required.  Local Lions Clubs have provided nearly $1,000,000 to the  Inova Cares Lions Eye Clinic since it was started in 1954.  The Fairfax County Health Department has supported this clinic since it’s founding, originally with office space and today as described above.