Doctors of optometry can apply by July 15 for grants worth up to $5,000 each.

Apply now for grants to spread awareness around eye and vision care for children

Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation is now accepting applications for its newly unveiled Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) community grants program.

These grants will help doctors of optometry touch the lives of tens of thousands of people across the country.

The HEHC grants are meant to fund collaborations between doctors of optometry and community resources to boost awareness and access to vision care for children. Optometry Cares will award grants up to $5,000 each to doctors for projects that align with HEHC's goal: to spread awareness and increase vision services to address uncorrected refractive error in children across the country.

The program is funded by Essilor Vision Foundation, which also is supporting the program in-kind with lenses and laboratory services.
"Optometry Cares is excited to have the HEHC program focusing on increasing the outreach of vision services to communities, families, schools and the medical community with special attention to the underserved needs of children," says Allan Barker, O.D., president of the Optometry Cares Board of Directors.

"These grants will help doctors of optometry touch the lives of tens of thousands of people across the country," Dr. Barker added. "The HEHC community grants program is a perfect extension or complement to our already highly successful InfantSEE® program. Now we also can focus on children beyond 6 months to 12 months of age. We can help all children achieve their maximum visual potential."

How to apply
Keeping the program's purpose in mind, doctors can apply online by: Clicking here to read about the grant program and complete an online application. Submitting a grant application by the July 15 deadline. Calling 800.365.2219, ext. 4200, or 314.983.4200 for more information, or send an email to

Grantees will be notified Aug. 14.   Optometry Cares' mission is to "expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life."

April 27, 2017

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