The Lions Eye foundation of California-Nevada, Inc. (LEF) is a 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence over 55 years. For the past half century LEF has come to the aid of needy residents of Northern California and the entire state of Nevada requiring eye surgeries. Sponsored by local community-based lions clubs, LEF has grown the initial 19 member clubs to 338 member clubs representing over 10,000 individual members.

To preserve and restore the gift of sight by providing free ophthalmic examinations, operations, and medication to the less fortunate members of our community.


LEF has partnered with California Pacific Medical Center to provide excellent eye care to those who could not otherwise afford it. In the fiscal year 2014-2015 alone, LEF provided over $6,000,000 of eye care procedures all at no cost to the patients.

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The new location of the Lions Eye Foundation Clinic at

711 Van Ness, San Francisco


Work on the first phase of our Lions Eye Clinic project located at 711 Van Ness, San Francisco has started with this symbolic demolition. The sledge hammers have hit the wall and reconstruction will soon commence with the new clinic opening later this year.

Pictured left to right: LEF Executive Director John Schroeder, LEF Program Coordinator Mark Paskvan, Tami Chin, Dept. of Ophthalmology Director, Mary Lanier, Vice President Specialty Services CPMC, Michael Mahoney, CEO Pacific Vision Foundation.