Why Our Work Matters

For many children, adults, and the elderly around the world, corrective eye surgery and prescription glasses can be unattainable. This is especially true in low-income communities. This matters because vision impairment or loss can impact a person’s ability to learn, work, and fulfill their potential. 

  • Approximately 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment
  • At least half of these cases could be prevented or treated
  • The leading causes of vision loss and impairment are cataracts and refractive errors (Source: World Health Organization)

    The Impact of Vision Impairment and Loss

    • When children suffer from severe vision impairment from a young age, it can impact their development and result in enduring consequences. They often can’t finish their schooling and reach their potential. 
    • Adults with poor eyesight may not be able to participate at work and often experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. 
    • When senior citizens’ vision problems are untreated, they may be at a higher risk of falls and social isolation. 
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    An Opportunity to Help

    Donating an eye surgery or a pair of prescription glasses can be a truly life-changing experience for someone with limited resources. It can mean the difference between a child who can’t finish school and a teenager who graduates with honors and confidence. It can also be the difference between an adult who can’t work due to vision loss and one who can see clearly enough to drive, participate at work, and provide a living for their family.

    Whenever vision impairment is not treated due to limited resources and access, we have an opportunity to help. We aim to redistribute vision care globally and ensure that everyone who would benefit from corrective lenses or surgery can access it.  

    Making Vision Care More Accessible

    Throughout her career, Dr. Liu has been committed to helping underserved communities and advocating for patient rights, and she’s proud to continue that important work at Beach Cities Laser Vision. For every surgery she performs for our patients, our practice sponsors one life-changing cataract surgery with the Himalayan Cataract Project through CureBlindness.org. We also donate glasses that patients no longer need through Lions Clubs so they can be distributed to low-income people worldwide. 

    The Himalayan Cataract Project

    The goal of the Himalayan Cataract Project is to create a world in which no one is avoidably blind. Ninety percent of people who are blind live in low- and middle-income communities where access to vision care is very limited. With help from donations like those that we make at Beach Cities Laser Vision, the Himalayan Cataract Project provides life-changing care to people who need it most. 

    Eyeglass Donations Program

    Imagine needing glasses but being unable to afford them. That’s the reality for millions of people around the globe, and it’s a problem that eyeglass donations can help solve. Once you have your corrective eye surgery, you’ll no longer need your old eyeglasses. When you donate them to Lions Club, they will clean them, check the prescription, and distribute them to people in need. It’s such a simple gesture that can profoundly impact another person’s life.

    The Benefits of Donating Eyeglasses

    Good for the Environment

    When you donate the eyeglasses that you no longer need, they end up in the hands of someone who will truly benefit from them instead of in a landfill. 

    A Life-Changing Gift

    Your old glasses can mean an entirely new life with crystal clear vision for a child, adult, or senior citizen living in a low-income community with limited access to vision care. 

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    Our Shared Mission

    At Beach Cities Laser Vision, we hope that the patients we work with share our passion for giving back to underserved communities. Together, we can distribute resources to the people who will benefit the most and ensure that everyone who needs glasses and eye surgery has access to these critical services. 

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