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Charitable Eye Care

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Cataract Surgery for the Uninsured The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has received funding to provide cataract surgery for 160 uninsured patients through a grant in partnership with  St. Vincent's House Clinic in Galveston. The patients may reside in any county and will undergo financial and insurance eligibility screening. Cataract surgery will be performed by UTMB residents under direct faculty supervision, and all preop testing, medication, surgical costs, and postoperative care will be provided at no or minimal cost. Pre-op and Post-op care will be provided at St Vincent's Clinic. This program will be active for a limited time only and is restricted to uncomplicated cataracts.  To refer a patient, please FAX the completed form to St. Vincent's House Medical Clinic.

Benevolent Missions International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing needed ophthalmic care to the underserved in many areas around the world. The goal of BMI is to ultimately develop each underserved area into a self-sufficient mission with well-equipped healthcare facilities staffed and operated by local medical personnel and volunteers.

Eye Care America was Founded in 1985 as a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health education materials, and facilitating access to medical eye care.

Gateway to Care is a non-profit collaborative of public and private safety net health systems, coalitions, advocacy groups, and social service providers working together to facilitate access to healthcare for the medically uninsured and underinsured in the Greater Houston Area.

Houston Eye Associates Foundation is committed to preserving and restoring sight with comprehensive eye care surgeries, medications, and ancillary services for individuals in financial hardship; and supporting education and research initiatives for the benefit of the community. Patients seeking medical eye care assistance through the HEA Foundation must meet certain eligibility criteria and complete an application. For more information and to obtain an application please visit our website.

Lions Eye Bank of Texas gratis tissue fund was established for needy patients along the Texas Gulf Coast region to provide corneal tissue at reduced or no direct charge.

Mercy Ships a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, promoting health and well-being by serving the urgent medical and surgical needs of the forgotten poor and empowering developing communities worldwide.

ORBIS International a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness by strengthening the capacity of local eye health partners in their efforts to prevent and treat blindness. The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is literally a hospital with wings that brings together dedicated eye care professionals and aviators to give the gift of sight to developing countries around the world.

Prevent Blindness Texas this non-profit foundation in partnership with HOS and University of Houston College of Optometry can provide free eye examinations and glasses for those who qualify.



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