Dr. Brian Van Dusen of Yucaipa, California provides has been providing free eye exams and used eyeglasses to people living in California’s Riverside and San Bernardino counties who cannot afford new eyeglasses. He has been providing these services since 1987, and served more than 9,000 patients in 2012.
Through California Lions Friends in Sight, nonprofit organization providing vision screenings and free recycled eyeglasses to assist those in need, Dr. Van Dusen works with the organization to host vision clinics and coordinate the efforts more than two dozen volunteers at each clinic. Dr. Van Dusen trains these volunteers in the use of the auto-refractor, lensometer, tonometer, data prescription matching, and in fitting used glasses.
He has engaged volunteers from the region to work with him in conducting 24-30 vision screenings a year at which 250-700 patients are seen at each screening. The Lions Clubs International Foundation has recognized him for his altruistic service with its highest award.