VISION STATION PROJECT
A COMMUNITY EYE CARE INITIATIVE
Visual Compassion, InFOCUS, EyePunk and
its mission partners are working together to expand access to primary
eye care for children and adults who are "outside the loop" of medical
services. Our objective is to increase access to affordable vision
care for needy families. The larger aim is to help people enjoy
the many benefits of healthy eyes and clear vision.
is to establish "Vision Stations" in low-income communities so families
will be able to come to a familiar, community-oriented church, clinic, thrift store
or social service agency to get an initial vision assessment and
referral to an eye doctor for an eye exam (if needed). If eyeglasses
are prescribed: 1) the family will be able to return to their neighborhood
center to select, order and pick up their eyeglasses; or 2) the family will be able to select and order their glasses directly from EyePunk.com and then select the neighborhood center they would like to pick them up from.
station offers preventive health information and promotes the importance
of regular eye exams. Patients pay a nominal fee for the eye exams
and eyeglasses. Proceeds of spectacle sales help the vision station
defray the cost of the services and create an assistance fund to
help the most indigent families pay for eyeglasses. As a BONUS, please know that the use of EyePunk.com creates jobs and job training for those in rehabilitation systems and individuals with felony records. Together we can help others with a fresh start by RECYCLING THE MONEY while supplying your visual needs.
EYES AND CLEAR VISION FOR ALL
Visual Compassion offers
training, start-up supplies and equipment while working closely
each Vision Station to ensure it's success. Five vision stations
were established in 2000, the projectís inaugural year. Today
10 low-income communities enjoy year-round access to eye care
Vision Stations. InFOCUS, community-based organizations, volunteers,
donors, and public-spirited opticians and ophthalmic professionals
are working together to achieve "eye care for all."
2010: InFOCUS is getting a ReFOCUS. Founder, Dr. Ian Berger will be taking a supportive role in all activities while new leadership refocuses the future of the Vision Station Project. Stay tuned for our new appearance or better yet, open a Vision Station and join the revolution.
Exciting news: April 2010 will signify the first of many Vision Stations to come for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is on the move and looking forward to caring for the visual needs of our local communities.