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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


5420 W Cypress StreetTampa, FL 33607


What we do: Opening Eyes was initiated in 1991 and Lions Clubs International began supporting screenings in 2000. Opening Eyes is designed to provide Special Olympics athletes with a screening that includes the following stations; Lensometry/PD, History, Visual Acuity (far and near) Stereopsis, Cover Test, Color Vision, Eye Health, Autorefraction, and Check Out. If the athlete does not pass initial screening, the athlete will go to other stations: retinoscopy, NPC, EOM, Refraction. Sports goggles are offered to athletes in softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Who we need:

Day of Screeners

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and students, trained on-site to provide screening exams.

Area Clinical Directors

* Licensed professional Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

* Attend a two-day, train-the-trainer workshop and practical experience at a Special Olympics Florida competition

* Oversee 1-2 events annually

Benefits of Helping Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community Opening Eyes:

  • Feeling good about helping those who cannot afford service or who did not know help was available to them
  • Seeing the joy on the face of an athlete as they pick out their frames for glasses/rec specs or choose a pair of sunglasses
  • Knowing that you have changed the life of over 40% the athletes you see in one day as they will be given a service or referral that could in some cases be life saving
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of working together with a group of your fellow professionals
  • Having the ability of increasing the number of patients in your practice: your practice will grow once word gets around that you work with persons with intellectual disabilities


  • Healthcare

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training

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