• Patients and the Public

  • EyeCare America

    Many older Americans and those who are at greater risk for eye disease cannot afford even the most basic eye care. Since 1985, EyeCare America and its 6,000+ volunteer ophthalmologists have helped more than 1.8 million people get the care they need.

    "It had been so many years since I had had an eye exam that I was afraid of what I'd find. They were so nice and professional. This was a gift. Thank you." - Sally Gordon, Dothan, Ala. (below, with EyeCare America volunteer Sebastian Heersink, MD)

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    "I had gone blind in my right eye and was losing my sight in the left by the time I found you for help. I am over 60 now and I help take care of my daughter and her 14-month-old daughter. I couldn't see very well before surgery, and afterwards being able to see her so clearly was indescribable. I am like a little child seeing the world for the first time. Everything is crystal clear."  - C. Cross, Parker, Ariz.

    "I'm a low-income senior who needed an eye exam after many years of neglecting myself. I worked hard all my life and never dreamed I would be in a position of not being able to afford a simple exam. Thank you for everything you did. I truly appreciate it." - Harlan, Eureka, Calif.

    "I thank you and the doctors. Without your program and the wonderful volunteer services, my life would have grown more and more limited. Thank you so very much." - Wanita, Vancouver, Wash.

    "I wish to extend my sincere gratitude for making it possible for me to regain my eyesight. I am able to get to work again, and can now support myself in a small way."  - Rowell, Schertz, TX

    "I have continually used and distributed ECA materials. Almost every week, sometimes more than once a week, I do presentations at health fairs where I share your information with people in the four counties I cover here. Thank you very much." - Rehab specialist, Daytona Beach, Fla.

    "We have distributed most of your brochures and use them in our presentations. The information has been invaluable. Thank you." - Program coordinator, Boston, Mass.

    Museum of Vision

    The Museum of Vision is the only institution in the U.S. dedicating to preserving the history of ophthalmology and its many contributions to medicine. The museum educates ophthalmologists and the public through its world-class collection of artifacts, in-depth exhibits, oral histories, educational programs and more.

    "I am very appreciative of the materials [that you have sent]…I know that they would be very helpful for me in teaching my students about the eye and its wonders." - Scott A. Blanchard, Biscotti Educational Center, Macomb, Mich.

    "I looked over the [museum's] various downloadable booklets and realized what wonderful lessons and fun experiments that you have offered and how they could be used by my young granddaughter. Thank you so much for making them available. Vision is a subject of great importance to Shannon as her grandfather has lost his central vision to wet AMD." - Bernice Ayers

    "[The 'Animal Eyes' exhibit] makes the information come alive. Can we ask any more of exhibitions than that they engage, spark, excite and stimulate us? The Museum of Vision should be proud of its achievement." - Nell Jackson, Longfellow Elementary School, quoted in Museum News, 1999