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Lions Vision Services is celebrating Day 10 of a #12DaysofGivingThanks social media campaign, recognizing the top 12 donors who supported LVS last year. It is fitting that Day 10 of our Giving Thanks campaign coincides with WIS’s 10 Days of Giving, where we recognize the same pivotal partner: Columbia Eye Clinic.

With a team of 15 American Academy of Ophthalmology certified physicians and more than 100 expertly trained ophthalmic staff in three locations, Columbia Eye Clinic is the largest medical and surgical ophthalmology practice in the Midlands.

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Over the last year this extraordinary team has invested $20,226.74 in eye surgery services with LVS clients! Drs. Derek Barker, Joshua Nunn, and Stephen Cross have utilized the Columbia Eye Surgery Center to provide world class care to Midlands clients through LVS. Dr. Nunn is also a past LVS Board member who has helped us expand the Eye Surgery Program.

One of those clients was Morkise. Morkise is a 35-year-old African American man who lives in Winnsboro, South Carolina in Fairfield County. Because of its rural setting, prevalence of vision loss, and poor health factors, Fairfield County is an area of concern in our County Needs Assessment. Thankfully, this Midlands County is accessible to the Columbia Eye Clinic practice.

Morkise was unemployed, uninsured, and lacked the financial resources necessary to pay for cataract surgery as cataracts were developing in both of his eyes at an unusually young age. Without assistance, Morkise would eventually lose his sight entirely.

Thanks to support from family and friends, Morkise was able to connect with LVS’s Eye Surgery Program and was introduced to Columbia Eye Clinic where Dr. Joshua Nunn would operate on Morkise’s cataracts to save his sight.

Within a month, Morkise had both of his cataracts removed and regained full function of his sight!!

These cataract surgeries make our community a safer, more vibrant place. Unoperated cataracts can increase the chance of a motor vehicle accident by 2.5 times, whereas cataract surgery can increase household per capita expenditure by 88% (46% of households moved up an income bracket after receiving free, high quality cataract surgery).

Your gift to LVS is the catalyst for inspiring success stories like this. Your gift allows us to bring together the physician, surgery center, and anesthesiologist with partners like Columbia Eye Clinic to save and restore sight! Those partners, including Columbia Eye Clinic, support LVS by discounting their services for our low-income clients.

This turns every $1 you give into $4 in services in your community! That’s a 4x match to your gift!

We are deeply grateful to our friends at Columbia Eye Clinic for helping us in our work to end blindness in poverty.

Will you make a year-end gift to LVS to join this work? You can give online at, text “sightfirst” to 44321, or mail a check to: Lions Vision Services, 234-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210.

Gifts of appreciated stock can offer you tax benefits, and if you are 70 ½ or older you are eligible to give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA to a qualified charity like LVS which counts toward your required minimum distribution for the year without impacting your taxable income. Gift annuities can offer you an immediate tax deduction and provide income for you or a loved one (a free illustration is available if you contact our President & CEO, Daniel Prohaska, at 803-796-1305).

Make it your New Years Resolution now to support vision and eye health in your community!

Together we can make a difference and save sight, one life at a time.

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