Our Story

In 1951, the LIONS of Massachusetts became aware that each year, 2,500 premature babies were losing their sight at birth from so-called ‘baby blindness’.

As a result, the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund was formed in October 1951, dedicating itself to funding research.

Our first grant of $5,000 was given to Dr. Ingalls of Harvard Medical School who was instrumental in discovering the cause of baby blindness: too much oxygen being used in the incubators of premature babies. Today, over 125,000 adults can see because of the foresight and concern of these Lions.

Our Impact

We’ve helped to establish three major research centers in Boston:

  • the Howe Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary,
  • the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center, and
  • the Lions Laboratory for Genetic Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

Who We Are

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit organization. For more than 60 years, research funded by Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc., has helped people with a wide range of eye diseases. We’re helping researchers transform today’s ideas into tomorrow’s cures.