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October 22, 2010

Partners for Sight Foundation Renews Support for SUNY Homebound Program

The Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation has awarded the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) a renewed $30,000 grant for its Queens and Manhattan Homebound projects.  This support is critical for the continuation of homebound eye and vision care to older adults in Queens, and to providing lamps, eyeglasses and low vision devices to Manhattan homebound patients. 

The Homebound Program, begun by the SUNY College of Optometry more than 25 years ago, sends optometrists into local neighborhoods in order to provide high quality patient care for people confined to their homes. 

The renewed grant will offer access to essential services for people with impaired sight who are at risk for increased falls and fractures, depression, and difficulty identifying medications, which can lead to serious drug-related errors among other dangers.  Homebound populations particularly at risk include older adults, people with multiple disabilities and/or other health conditions (e.g., stroke, cancer, obesity, paralysis and dementia), which can make it challenging, if not impossible, to access available health services in the community.  A portion of the funds will be allocated toward the purchase of lamps to address issues in the home like proper lighting, and will also be used for eyeglasses and low vision devices.

"Proper eye care is essential for older adults with vision loss to live independently.  The Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation’s role in the enhancement and expansion of these critical homebound efforts have brought a high standard of care, as well as an improved quality of life to a seriously underserved population," said Richard Feinbloom, President of the OCNY.

Partners for Sight is dedicated to increasing the self-reliance and dignity of blind and visually impaired persons. They believe these individuals should have the tools and resources necessary to lead independent, productive lives. Through its support of non-profit organizations that share this philosophy, they are making the world easier to navigate for thousands of people, every day.

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 Optometric Center, providing grants for projects such as a Homebound initiative, Indigent Care Project and Scholarship Fund, among others.