SUNY Optometry Offering Free Eye Care Services at Bowery Mission

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 at 11:00 am by

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Bowery Mission, Thanksgiving 2010

The Bowery Mission is getting some love in the vision department. Thanks to a volunteer program by SUNY Optometry, those seeking help from the Mission can now get free eye care.

The program commenced in March 2013, but has recently picked up speed, mostly due to significant fundraising. Over $30,000 has been rounded up via charitable trusts, foundations, and private donors in an effort to lay permanent roots between the university’s volunteer eye care initiative and the Bowery Mission.

SUNY optometry students regularly volunteer at the Mission, offering exams and evaluations, including free treatment and glasses when needed. The reasoning behind the big push for these services is the oft-overlooked but critical role eyesight plays in actively participating in society.

These vital services often help many people fulfill their personal goals, often enabling them—thanks to improved eyesight—to peruse job training or computer classes that will put them onto a path toward recovery and steady, gainful employment.

Would be interesting to see if this sparks any local business involvement.

[via Vision Monday]

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