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December 28, 2011

Gund Foundation Renews Grant for General Operating Support

The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation has awarded the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) a renewed $10,000 grant for general operating support.  The generosity of the Foundation will enable the SUNY College of Optometry to continue to provide high quality eye and vision care to the most vulnerable New Yorkers; play a key role in training the next generation of knowledgeable and compassionate eye care providers; and help advance the body of research knowledge in the field, facilitating ‘lab to bedside’ collaborations between basic and clinical research scientists.

The patient care, education and research efforts at the SUNY College of Optometry provide essential resources to help people with vision problems meet their full potential.  The breadth of comprehensive eye and vision care services and support available to New Yorkers at the University Eye Center (UEC) -- the College’s patient care facility -- regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, is virtually unmatched by any other vision care provider in the area.

The UEC provides access to primary eye care and specialty services for individuals of all ages.  Its interdisciplinary approach enables the UEC to examine and treat patients utilizing the results from clinical research to help improve patient care.

“Eye health is an important factor enabling individuals to become independent and productive citizens, actively engaged in daily life,” said Dr. David A. Heath, President of the SUNY College of Optometry.  “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation.”

The Optometric Center of New York is the allied and endowing foundation of the State University of New York,State College of Optometry, and is the primary source of private support for its patient care facility, the University Eye Center, providing grants for projects such as a Homebound Initiative, Indigent Care Project and Scholarship Fund, among others.