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NM LIONS EYE FOUNDATION

The New Mexico Lions Eye Foundation (NMLEF) was formed in 1995. In 1996, a matching grant of $40,000 from LCIF permitted the Foundation to purchase a 34' motor home specifically designed and compartmented for use as an eye screening vehicle. Delivery was taken of the vehicle on November 2, 1996 and thereafter equipment was installed to permit eye screenings. The first screening was conducted in Albuquerque on January 25, 1997. Under the NMLEF constitution, each screening must be sponsored by a Lions Club in Multiple District 40. In fiscal year 2000-2001, a contract was entered into between the Foundation and the NM Department of Health to provide certain services for diabetics and in return receive reimbursement of expenses.

NM LIONS EYE BANK
The New Mexico Lions Eye Bank (NMLEB) was founded in 1962 to meet area surgeonsí needs for corneal tissue. Originally, it was based at the Lovelace Clinic (now Lovelace Medical Center). Later as the Eye Bank grew, it was relocated to Presbyterian Hospital. The New Mexico Lions Eye Bank affiliated with the non-profit eye and tissue banking network TBI (Tissue Banks International) in 1995, which enabled the eye bank to expand to provide services to not only the citizens of New Mexico but all over the country and overseas as well. Two years later, the NMLEB moved to its present facility. The New Mexico Lions Eye Bank has been a member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) for nearly forty years. Through the generous contributions of the Lions, NMLEB has a state of the art laboratory in Albuquerque. In their lab, they have digital imaging systems that enable them to obtain high quality images of corneas allowing surgeons to select the cornea best suited for their patient.

NM LIONS BAND FOUNDATION
The New Mexico Lions Band Foundation's mission is to coordinate and direct the efforts to sponsor an Honor Band composed of the most talented NM high school band students. The sponsorship includes raising funds for traveling expenses by the Band to attend the NM Lions State Convention and the Lions Clubs International Convention (when feasible).

NM LIONS CRANE READING FOUNDATION
One of the Stateís newest and very exciting Lions projects is the Lions Crane Reading Program, which seeks to improve NM studentsí reading proficiency. In the past, NM has ranked 48th out of 50 with respect to childrenís reading achievement. Many students report symptoms of headaches, seeing double, getting dizzy, eyes burning, and/or blurry vision during and after reading which in the past has thought to be normal. Research has now shown that these symptoms are really a sign of some underlying problem, which if not remedied, will adversely impact the studentís reading and hence learning, ability. The Crane Reading Program has shown that if the problem is identified, most symptoms can be remedied at the school by the teacher assisted by a vision specialist. Many times, glasses will correct the problem. If they do not, then vision skill development may be needed.

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