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October 4, 2012

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, SUNY College of Optometry’s campus-related foundation, a renewed $30,000 grant for its Homebound Projects. This support is critical for the continuation of homebound eye and vision care to residents of the borough of Queens, and to providing lamps, eyeglasses and low vision devices to Manhattan homebound patients. This is the fifth grant from the Foundation. 

Vision loss puts individuals at increased risk for a variety of dangers including falls, fractures, depression, and mistakenly taking the wrong medications, all of which can result in earlier admission into nursing homes and increased costs to the health care system. The Homebound Program offers much-improved quality of life for patients, enabling them to perform the tasks of daily living while remaining safer at home.  The renewed grant will offer access to essential services for homebound populations particularly at risk, including  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.

“We are delighted to renew our partnership with the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. The Foundation’s continued generosity will enable us to provide essential patient care in local communities,” said Dr. Richard Soden, Vice President Clinical Affairs, and Executive Director of the University Eye Center at SUNY Optometry.