LIONS of DISTRICT 2-A2
LIONS SIGHT RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Lions Sight Research Center within the UTHSC/SA Department of Ophthalmology – McDermott Building
By establishing the Lions Sight Research Center, the Foundation created a permanent vehicle for fulfilling a long term commitment to vision research designed to find better methods for the prevention of blindness, the treatment of eye diseases, and the rehabilitation of those with poor or limited vision. Through support of the Lions Sight Research Center, the LSRF is able to promote a continuing program of research in diseases of the eye; to assist in the preservation, restoration, and conservation of sight; to support rehabilitation of the visually impaired; and to encourage the dissemination of information on sight conservation and eye research.
The formal dedication of the Lions Sight Research Center was in October 1991. The Center was established as a result of the commitment of the Lions of District 2-A2 towards education, research, and clinical studies related to the human eye. Because of its outstanding record, the Lions Sight Research Center is widely
recognized as valuable member of the South Texas bio-medical research community.
The primary work of the Lions Sight Research Center is carried out in the Lions Eye Pathology Laboratory. This facility is staffed by a full time technician and supervised by the Lions Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmic Pathology. Current efforts are focused on a major project to convert glass slides to digital images using the Aperio Slide Scanning System. The Aperio System creates true color, whole slide images at giga-pixel resolution from an entire glass slide in a matter of minutes. These teaching slides are being digitally captured and will provide a permanent and accessible pathology reference library. This will improve the way Residents are being taught and enables a more accurate reading and diagnosis.
The LSRF continues to support the work of this unique and important center for ophthalmic research and hopes to expand its facilities in the years ahead.