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January 23, 2012

Phyllis Milton Renews Support for SUNY Manhattan Homebound Program

Phyllis Milton has awarded the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) a $5,000 grant in support of the Manhattan Homebound Program.  The initiative will provide much-needed vision care to underserved patients throughout the borough in the coming year.  This is the second grant from Mrs. Milton, who is President of the Arthur and Phyllis Milton Foundation.

For those who are homebound with serious multiple health problems, difficult choices must often be made about the nature and frequency of care received, and may even determine if a vision problem is addressed at all.  Vision issues may be viewed as less critical than other health conditions, putting people at increased risk for impaired sight, or even blindness from eye conditions that may be fully preventable or treatable.  The Manhattan Homebound Program offers critical services to homebound elders, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Proper eye care is essential for older adults with vision loss to live independently.  Mrs. Milton’s generosity will help us bring a high standard of care, as well as an improved quality of life to a seriously underserved population,” said Richard Soden, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, and Executive Director of the University Eye Center at SUNY Optometry.

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.