Previous Ideas Supported by Foundation Grants
This program provided free exams and eyeglasses to North Dakotans-in-need.
The VISION USA program is no longer providing direct eye and vision care assignments.
This is a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® -The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage.
Diabetes Reporting Forms
Accoding to the NIDDK, "Diabetes can lead to swelling in the macula, which is called diabetic macular edema. Over time, this disease can destroy the sharp vision in this part of the eye, leading to partial vision loss or blindness. Macular edema usually develops in people who already have other signs of diabetic retinopathy."
To ensure good communication between an optometrist and a primary care provider, forms were created and distributed to offices across North Dakota.
School Nurse Vision Screening
We collected statewide data on the vision needs of ND children through a partnership with the North Dakota Optometric Association and the North Dakota School Nurse Association.
This program is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams, Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association. The campaign is supported by eye-care industry partners who also believe the vision and eye health are key to overall health and wellness.