Meet Donel and his four year old son O'Donel

Who discovered the Florida Lions through a referral by our Naples Children & Education Foundation partner agency, Florida's Vision Quest. During an onsite screening at school, Florida's Vision Quest examined O'Donel's eyes and found that he needed glasses and another eye examination by a pediatric opthalmologist. Working with Sarah at Florida's Vision Quest, we were able to schedule him an appointment to see our Assistant Medical Director and Pediatric Opthalmologist Dr. Howard Freedman at the Florida Lions Eye Clinic. Click on the video to hear their story. O'Donel's treatment at the Florida Lions Eye Clinic is made possible through the generous grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. Thank you for supporting O'Donel and other children and families in the community. To learn more about us, visit www.fllec.org or call Executive Director Tamika Seaton at 239.293.2009.

Dr. Tim Diegel

Dr. Tim Diegel, Neuro-Opthalmologists joins the Florida Lions Eye Clinic, Dr. Diegel, MD is a board certified opthalmologist who retired three years ago from Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, did his opthalmology residency at Brown University and went on to do his fellowship in neuro-opthalmology at Boston University. Dr. Diegel served our country in the air force and air national guard for a total of 22 years. The eye clinic and its patients are fortunate to have such talent, "Giving the Gift of Sight." Please join us in welcoming Dr. Diegel to our eye clinic team.


Bonita Springs, FL, April 11, 2018 – The Florida Lions Eye Clinic (FLLEC) opened an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Collier County to support its programs and operations with a permanent and professionally invested income stream.
An endowment fund is a permanent fund that provides income each year to support the Florida Lions Eye Clinic’s mission. This endowment fund is a component fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County managed to ensure the funds remain strong over time. An endowment also provides essential stability, grows over time, is a permanent source of funding, and facilitates strategic planning.
“We are excited to open our first endowment fund for the eye clinic with the Community Foundation of Collier County and our goal is to build the fund to $2 million over the next few years. Opening this fund represents our fiscal responsibility and dedication to support our mission in perpetuity,” said Tamika Seaton, MSM, Executive Director. “This fund also presents an excellent option for donors who want to make a huge impact by making a deferred gift or a large gift.”
Gifts to our endowment can be creative including forms of cash, current gifts of non-cash assets, such as stock and real estate, charitable bequests, gifts of retirement plan assets, gifts of life insurance, and charitable trusts.
For more information, call Executive Director Tamika Seaton at 239.293.2009, email her at or visit us online at www.fllec.org.
FLLEC, a 501 (c) (3) organization and the only free eye clinic in the state of Florida, has given the, “Gift of Sight” to underprivileged children and families since 2008. Our patients are the working poor, homeless, and students who do not have medical insurance and their income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. We provide comprehensive eye exams, eye surgeries in our clinic, diabetic exams, visual acuity, intraocular pressure checks, refractions, amblyopia evaluation and treatment, strabismus evaluation and treatment, macular disease evaluation, blood pressure testing, therapy for Pterygium care, glaucoma management, conjunctivitis and general eye irritations, referrals for cataracts, macular disease, eye trauma, and prescription lenses.

Letter from the Medical Director

Dr. Richard Shapiro

I have been involved with the clinic since its inception. Working here has become a passion of
mine and I take great pride in being able to help people either by giving them glasses or treating
diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes.
I am proud of our clinic in that we may be the only free-standing Lions clinic in the State of Florida
and perhaps the entire country. What we do has been extremely rewarding for both my wife and me. I look
forward to continuing for many years to come.
We have a great core of volunteers and staff. What they do is greatly appreciated. I want to
thank all of them from the bottom of my heart and thank everyone who has made a commitment
either by time or money to the clinic.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Richard Shapiro | Medical Director

This excerpt take from our 2017 Annual report
Feel free to download and view our entire 2017 Annual Report


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