Lions Golden Jubilee Eye Hospital (LGJEH) was established in 2008 to commemorate Golden Jubilee Year of Lionism in Sri Lanka when the Governor of District 306B2 was Lion Mahesh Pasqual. Hospital operations was commenced next year in February 2009 when the district governor was Lion P. Jeyarajan with the purpose of carrying out cataract surgeries for needy patients.
A spectacle workshop was also initiated at the hospital with the assistance of an Australian NGO-International Centre for Eye care Education (ICEE). ICEE trained spectacle dispensers for the workshop and provided all necessary equipment so that the hospital could provide low cost spectacles to the needy. After three years ICEE handed over the workshop now it is called as “Brian Holden Vision Institute’’ to the LGJEH. It can now provide low cost spectacles as well as sophisticated spectacles for the affluent.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) was awarded a grant of USD 162,000 in April 2015 for capacity building and providing comprehensive eye care services to the needy. This project continues for 3 years and following state of the art machines were added to LGJEH in 2015: Yag Laser machine, Digital Fundus camera for Fundus photography and Fluororescein angiograms, Humphy Visual Field Analyzer to perform visual fields to detect Glaucoma, B scan and A scan machine for measurement of intraocular lens power for cataract surgeries, two slit lamps for eye examination and Auto Kerato Refractometer for corneal power measurements.
Currently the hospital has a total of 34 staff members including well trained optometrists and nursing staff. The kind and tenderly care of our staff coupled with the modern facilities the LGJEH has to offer contributes to comfortable treatment and speedy recovery of the needy patients who have suffered years with reversible blindness.