Whenever possible, the Sierra Vista Lions Club funds sight related needs (such as eye exams and glasses) for adults in our local community providing there is a financial need.  An applicant must meet the following criteria:    

  • Live in the Sierra Vista area
  • Have a bona fide financial need
  • Total household income doesn't exceed federal low-income level
  • Has not received glasses from the Sierra Vista Lions Club within the past 2 years

Step 1:  To begin the eyeglass request process, applicant downloads below application.

Note:  If you can't access the above link, please email us at and we will send you the application.

Step 2:  Complete ALL sections of the application.  Incomplete applications WILL NOT be processed for further action.    

Step 3:  Email the completed application to for further processing.  If you can't email the completed application, please mail it to:

Sierra Vista Lions Club
P.O. Box 1147
Sierra Vista, AZ 85636

Step 4:  The Sierra Vista Lions Club reviews the application to ensure the applicant meets the above criteria.  Again, incomplete applications WILL NOT be processed for further action.

Step 5:  The Sierra Vista Lions Club provides each approved applicant's information to the local optometrist whose services our club utilizes.  Any applicant who doesn't meet the above criteria will be notified that their application was not approved.

Step 6:  The optometrist’s office will coordinate the appointment date and time directly with the applicant.  It is imperative that you provide a valid contact phone number and/or email.

Step 7:  Applicants need to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time. This allows sufficient time for staff to get you checked in on time.

NO SHOW POLICY:  We understand that sometimes you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment due to emergencies or obligations for work or family.  If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact the optometrist’s office to cancel or reschedule your appointment AT LEAST 24 HOURS in advance.

NOTE:  Failure to show up for your appointment or give 24-hours notice to the optometrist’s office may result in your removal from the Sierra Vista Lions Club’s Eyeglass Program.

LATE ARRIVAL POLICY:  We understand that delays can happen, however, the optometrist’s office must try to keep the other patients, the optometrist, and staff on time. If you arrive 15 or more minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.





Many thanks to the below businesses and organizations that have allowed the Sierra Vista Lions Club to place eyeglass collection boxes in their facilities.


Raymond W Bliss Army Health Center - Ophthalmology Clinic

2240 E Winrow Ave; Ft Huachuca, AZ


Cochise Eye and Laser

2445 E. Wilcox Drive; Sierra Vista, Arizona

Mon - Fri:  8 am – 5 pm)


Cochise Eye and Laser (Optical / Vision Care Clinic)

4116 Avenida Cochise, Suite A, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Mon – Thurs:  8:00am - 5:30pm

Fri:  8:00am - 5:00pm


Walmart Optical

500 N Highway 90 Bypass; Sierra Vista, AZ

Open 9 AM





You don’t have to be a Lion to help at our Eyeglass Sorting Events - it’s open to all volunteers. 


Upcoming Sorting Dates, Times & Location

May 25, 2024

June 22, 2024

July 27, 2024

Aug 24, 2024

Sep 28, 2024

Oct 26, 2024

Sorting Location:

Huachuca City Lions Club
125 S. Huachuca Blvd.
Huachuca City, AZ 85616


What we do at our Eyeglass Sorting Events.  Volunteers sort donated eyeglasses into usable glasses, scratched and broken glasses, and glasses with precious metal components.


Usable Glasses:  Undergo further processing, which include: 

  • Washing
  • Sorting by type (bifocals, single vision, reading, etc.);
  • Determining the eyeglass prescription strength using a lensometer
  • Packaging in preparation for distribution (individually bagging each pair of glasses; then boxing the glasses according to prescription)
  • Delivering them to the Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal, Inc. (ALERT, Inc.) in Tucson for additional processing.
  • Finally, the eyeglasses are ready for distribution around the world.  

Distribution:  Lions Clubs and other volunteer humanitarian groups distribute the glasses "at-no-cost" to less fortunate individuals in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. 

Scratched and Broken Glasses are donated to other non-profit organizations for further recycling.

Glasses with Precious Metal Components are separated from the others at the beginning of the sorting process.  The precious metal is sold, and the profits are used to purchase equipment and supplies used in the recycling program.


Our Lions eyeglass recycling programs make a lasting impact on thousands of lives, one person at a time. 


Interested in collecting glasses for our Southern Arizona Lions Clubs or taking part in eyeglass recycling -  we would love to have your help!


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