THE operations of Labasa's Lions Club was boosted by $20,000 from Vodafone Fiji during the Festival of the Friendly North.
The club provided free health screenings to the public during the week-long event.
Club official Hazeem Hussein said they had so far distributed about 10,000 pairs of eyeglasses to patients in Vanua Levu.
"Diabetic patients are more susceptible to blindness and 90 per cent of blindness is related to this," Mr Hussein said.
"It has been revealed that diabetic patients are not taking their tablets.
"Annually, between eight and 10 volunteers, ophthalmologists, optometrists and nurses come to Fiji for two weeks to volunteer with eye clinics and surgeries."
Mr Hussein said so far $350,000 worth of medication was distributed by the Volunteer Ophthalmologists Services organisations and a total of 120 communities were screened since the project started in 2007.
"Seven hundred patients went through correctional procedure surgery to prevent blindness," he added.
Mr Hussein said about 60 per cent of people screened at the Lions Club booth during the festival had elevated sugar and hypertension.
The collaborative free health screening services between the club and Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation benefited hundreds of people during six days of the week-long fete.
Foundation executive Ambalika Kutty said an average of 100 people were screened daily for diabetes and blood pressure.