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October 1, 2013

Partners for Sight Foundation Renews Support for SUNY Homebound Program for the Sixth Time

The Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation has awarded the Optometric Center of New York a renewed $30,000 grant for its Homebound Program.  This support is critical for the continuation of eye and vision care that is provided by the University Eye Center to homebound residents in Queens, as well as for providing lamps, eyeglasses and low vision devices to homebound patients in Manhattan.  This is the sixth grant from the Foundation.  

Vision loss puts individuals at increased risk for a variety of dangers including falls, fractures, depression or 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 College’s 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 which can make it challenging, if not impossible, to access available health services in the community.  A portion of the funds will also be allocated for 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 that the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation has continued to offer its support to this vital program for the sixth year in a row,” said Dr. Richard Soden, vice president clinical affairs, and executive director of the University Eye Center at SUNY Optometry. “ 

 

Other recent activities:

 

  • The Badgeley Trust recently provided a $10,000 unrestricted grant to the OCNY

 

  • Hyde and Watson gave a $5,000 grand\t to purchase equipment for the Bowery Project.

 

  • Alcon has committed to providing a $45,000 grant to the Partners in Education Program which benefits SUNY students, faculty, residents and Envision New York.