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Alcon donates $50,000 to VISION USA partnership

February 15, 2013

The Alcon Foundation donated $50,000 to Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation for a VISION USA pilot project to partner and assist low-income, uninsured students attending Tarrant County Community College in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area.

The goal is to increase access to basic eye health and vision services free of charge, including needed eyewear.

“I would like to thank Alcon and the foundation for the support in this project,” said Max Ernst, O.D., VISION USA Committee chair. “VISION USA is very excited about the start of a new project with Alcon. VISION USA optometrists can help those college students who are in need of eye care and help further their education. Good vision is a requirement for learning at all levels of education, from kindergarten to college.”

Optometry Cares® staff is working with the VISION USA committee to design and utilize the existing VISION USA provider network along with expanding provider recruitment in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

AOA member volunteers are encouraged to provide a one-time comprehensive eye exam.

To offer assistance, visit www.aoafoundation.org or email visionusa@aoa.org.

Volunteers In Service In Our Nation – VISION USA – provides basic eye health and vision services free-of-charge to low-income, uninsured individuals and their families.
In 2012, VISION USA received more than 6,000 applications for assistance and has more than 3,000 participating optometrists serving as volunteers.

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