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Serving the people of Belize for more than 35 years

The Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with visual impairments and reduce the prevalence of blindness through appropriate eye care. BCVI was established in 1981 and in its over 35 years of existence has developed a truly comprehensive eye service. It has successfully developed a range of services that support the needs of blind and visually impaired people whilst also actively working to prevent eye problems that can lead to blindness.



The Belize Council for the Visually Impaired is a non-profit organization committed, through a comprehensive program, to prevent and cure blindness, restore sight, and to rehabilitate and educate people who are blind to enable them to use their talents and abilities to live independent lives.


The Belize Council for the Visually Impaired’s vision is of a Belize where no one is needlessly blind and those who are irrevocably blind are integrated as equal members in all aspects of society.



BCVI’s Comprehensive Eye Care Programme targets all aspects of visual impairment & blindness, from correcting refractive errors to integrating children who are blind into the school system.

Through the Primary Eye Care System, patients are seen by the optometrist and are given prescription glasses, if necessary. Should the doctor find a deeper problem, the patient is then referred to the Secondary Eye Care System and sent to the National Eye Clinic (NEC), where the ophthalmologist examines him or her. At the NEC, the patient can receive the appropriate medication as well as surgery, if necessary.

Not all eye problems can be treated; therefore our services go beyond the doctor’s office and into the clients’ classrooms and/or homes, through our Education & Rehabilitation Programmes.

The Education Programme prepares the child for classes by providing material for school as well as emotional support. This department at BCVI goes hand-in-hand with the Rehabilitation Programme in which trained staff members work with the clients in their daily environments to help get them accustomed to their surroundings in order to live more independently. This programme also involves the family members & friends who are trained in dealing with the client’s situation.

Along with working in their homes, we also assist our clients in seeking employment through our Job Placement & Employment Support Programme. We also offer extracurricular activities for our older clients, the Visually Impaired Club.

Whether a person is born blind or develops vision loss later in life, whether they are visually impaired or blind, we cater to all our clients’ needs and we work to ensure that no one is left without an option or an opportunity

The Lions and the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI)

The Lions and the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) have a long history of developing Eye Care Programmes to prevent blindness and restore vision. BCVI was formed in 1981 as an organization providing services for the Visually Impaired. In 1993 BCVI collaborated with the Lions to establish an optical lab to provide low-cost glasses and this was the start of the Primary Eye Care Programme. The Belize City Primary Eye Care Clinic (PEC) is managed and operated out of the Lions Building by BCVI which also operates four other PEC clinics strategically located around the country. In 2000, a Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) grant was received to refurbish and equip an operating room and an ophthalmological clinic in the same building. Today 5,000 patients are seen annually at the Belize City PEC Clinic and a long waiting list for examinations has developed.

The Lions of Belize and BCVI teamed up once again to improve the eye care services by expanding the Belize City Clinic in 2013 and again in 2015 with the addition of the National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme. BCVI represented the Lions of Belize in 2017 at the World Health Organization’s Diabetic Retinopathy Conference in Geneva to showcase the impact of the national programme in Belize.

The Lions Clubs of Belize continue to partner with BCVI via the National Eye Clinic in Belize City as well as through monthly clinics in San Pedro, production of glasses for children identified through the Lions School Screening Programme countrywide and provision of cataract surgeries for those in need. BCVI and Lions will continue to work together to reduce avoidable blindness throughout the country.