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July 24, 2013

Allene Reuss Memorial Trust Helps University Eye Center Provide Care for Needy New Yorkers

For the eighth year in a row the Allene Reuss Memorial Trust has provided support to the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) for its Indigent Patient Fund, a pool of money that was created by the OCNY to provide financial support that enables thousands of people from throughout New York City to have access to high-quality, vital vision care at the University Eye Center (UEC).

The Indigent Patient Fund, which has been in operation at the UEC for nearly four decades, provides patient care to both children and adults who are either uninsured or underinsured and are not financially able to pay for their care in full. Typically about 1,500 patients from all five boroughs of the city receive assistance annually through the fund. However, the number of patients served by the fund has been on the rise in recent years.

The fund enables increased access to essential eye care services for patients who might not otherwise seek the care that they need. In many cases, the care that they receive thanks to support from the fund helps those adults and children live better, happier and more productive lives. Last year the $25,000 Allene Reuss grant allowed the fund to treat nearly 200 patients.

“We’re very proud to provide this valuable service to our community,” said Dr. Richard Soden, executive director of the UEC and an OCNY trustee. “And we’re grateful for the continued support that the Allene Reuss Memorial Trust has provided for nearly the past decade as we look to expand this important community program even further.”