Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation


The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation has served Kentuckians for 60 years.  We strive to prevent and cure blindness by providing free vision screenings to people of all ages, supporting eye research and operating an eye bank.   With the help of our Lions Clubs, volunteers and medical partners, KLEF provides over services to more than 20,000 Kentuckians each year.

In 1967, ground was broken on the Kentucky Lions Eye Research Institute at the corner of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Floyd Street. Thirty years later a new 24,000 sq. ft. addition was completed, connected to the Institute by a striking glass atrium. Renamed the Kentucky Lions Eye Center, the building today serves as the epicenter of ophthalmology at the University of Louisville.

It is at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center that the clinicians, residents, fellows, researchers and educators of the UofL Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences are doing the work that is changing the face of eye care. Patients who visit the on-site clinics benefit from the cutting-edge technology and research work of the department faculty in various sub-specialties of the eye. The Center includes:

The Rounsavall Adult Clinic

Named for the family who largely underwrote the construction costs of the clinic when building the addition

WHAS Crusade for Children Pediatric Clinic

Named in tribute to the philanthropic initiatives of this community’s annual Crusade for Children

The Wall of Vision

Celebrating the people from all walks of life who have generously supported the department over the years

Optical Shop

For patients who need prescriptions or adjustments to eyewear

The University of Louisville Lions Eye Bank

Dedicated to restoring sight through corneal transplants, ocular research, and medical education

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation

Headquarters for a charitable non-profit organization separate from the University of Louisville whose mission is to prevent and cure blindness by supporting research, and eye clinics & eye banks

Research Labs and Offices

For UofL research scientists, PhDs and MDs with faculty appointments, as well as residents and fellows

Conference Center

For continuing medical education, seminars and conferences

Over the years, the Kentucky Lions Eye Center has made possible the expansion of ongoing research programs, the advancement of ophthalmologic research, and the growth of training programs to produce the next generation of eye research experts. It serves as a facility dedicated to expanding basic eye research and ensuring the continued high level of eye care throughout the community, the state, the country and the world.

Patient & Visitor Information at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center

A private parking lot behind the center offers a paid parking lot exclusively reserved for patients and visitors. Rates are as follows:

  • 0-60 $1.00
  • 61-120 $3.00
  • 121-180 $4.00
  • 181-240 $6.00
  • Over 240 $8.00


301 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Louisville, Ky. 40202


Adult Clinic: (502) 852-5466
Pediatric Clinic: (502) 852-7818
Primary Care Eye Clinic: (502) 852-7665


(502) 583-0564 or toll-free 1-800-232-5308


(502) 852-5457


The Mission of the University of Louisville Lions Eye Bank is to restore sight through corneal transplant, ocular research and medical education. We will promote eye, organ and tissue donation while respecting and honoring the donors and their families who so selflessly give.


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