Public Health

Community Health Centers

Multidisciplinary, community-governed Community Health Centers deliver comprehensive health services, address health disparities, and improve access to care for the underserved. Working with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the AOA is improving patient access to eye and vision care services at Centers within the U.S. Presently, only about 18 percent provide in-house optometric services. To find a Community Health Center near you, log onto www.bphc.hrsa.gov.

Healthy Eyes Healthy People®

Healthy Eyes Healthy PeopleHealthy Eyes Healthy People is an ambitious public-private initiative to improve the eye and visual health of the American public. HEHP promotes collaboration among government agencies, health care advocates and optometrists to develop innovative strategies for community outreach to help promote good health and optimum vision.

InfantSEE®

InfantSEEInfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. AOA InfantSEE optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no-cost public health service.

Find an InfantSEE® doctor.

VISION USA

VISION USA

Volunteers In Service In Our Nation (VISION USA) is a program that provides basic eye health and vision services free of charge to low-income, uninsured Americans and their families.  VISION USA is provided by participating AOA member optometrists who donate their services

Optometric Disaster Relief Fund

Through the AOA Foundation, the Optometric Disaster Relief Fund offers optometrists financial assistance for damages incurred to their practices from natural disasters.

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