The California Vision Foundation is dedicated to preventing vision loss and enhancing eye health through public education and the provision of services to medically underserved Californians.
2013 CVF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Larcabal, OD – President
California Vision Project
The California Vision Project is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, uninsured families throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and low cost glasses. CVF successfully matches and assigns over 3,000 eligible individuals to volunteer optometrists each year.
CVF would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:
The Kentucky Vision Project first began providing free eye exams and low cost glasses to low-income patients throughout Kentucky in 1985. The program quickly spread throughout the country and a similar program began operating in California in 1989. In 1991, the American Optometric Association (AOA) formed Vision USA to administer the program nationwide. California joined the Vision USA program shortly thereafter, in 1992. Administrative duties, such as screening and assigning patients, as well as national publicity campaigns were handled by Vision USA. Patient screenings began every January, and all appointments were scheduled for the following March. In 2000, Vision USA, California legally changed its name to the California Vision Foundation. In 2001, administrative duties for the California program were taken over by COA staff and the program began to operate on a year-round basis.
are available in both English and Spanish. Download an application here:
Or call the COA office at (800) 877-5738 to have one mailed or faxed to you.
After completion, applications can be mailed to the COA office in Sacramento: 2415 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.
Applicants are screened for eligibility, and those who are approved are matched with an optometrist from their area. Monthly mailings are used to notify both patients and doctors when assignments are made. Patients are mailed the name, address and phone number of the optometrist they are assigned to, and are given 60 days to call to schedule an appointment.
Comprehensive exams and, in most cases, spectacle frames are donated free of charge by volunteer optometrists. Modern Optical provides frames to those optometrists who are unable to supply frames for CVP patients. Lenses are produced by a number of COLA laboratories throughout the state at a reduced fee. Courier service is provided free of charge by Logistics Optical Management.
CVF is supported by in-kind donations from California optometrists and local optometric societies of the California Optometric Association, patient payments, and grants from organizations, such as The California Wellness Foundation.
To be eligible for an exam through the California Vision Project, patients must qualify as low-income (based on a sliding scale, which includes number of household members and gross annual income), must not have had an eye exam in the past two years, must not have any insurance (public or private) that covers vision services, and must submit a $10 non-refundable administrative fee to accompany their application.