Humanitarian Eye Care Organizations

Help People See and Cope with Vision Loss

The organizations listed below help to bring eye care to underserved regions and/or segments of the population with vision challenges. These entities recognize the educational value of All About Vision by linking to the appropriate pages of the website.

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Eye Care 4 Kids

Eye Care 4 Kids (EC4K) is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2001 by Joseph Carbone. The organization has served almost 200,000 children and their families, including thousands of refugees. It has provided the equivalent of more than $50 million in vision services to indigent people. EC4K has eight clinics in Arizona, New Jersey, Nevada, and Utah. Learn more.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

The mission of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is to develop and provide financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve patient clinical care. The AAOF's record of achievement is a strong history of dedication to the improved visual welfare of the public. Learn more.

The Low Vision Center

The Low Vision Center is committed to providing comprehensive non-medical resource services to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington DC area and beyond who are experiencing vision loss. Founded in 1979, this 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization maintains an extensive information and referral network, and introduces clients to adaptive products and strategies designed to help them maintain their independence. The Center offers informational materials and workshops for those living with and serving persons with visual impairment. Learn more.

SEE International

SEE International is a leading sight-restoring nonprofit humanitarian organization. SEE works to create a world where everyone has access to high-quality vision care, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year, SEE organizes 175+ sight-restoring programs, and runs a free vision care program in its hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif. These programs provide free vision screenings and surgery to people who do not have access to affordable eye care. SEE also trains medical professionals to provide comprehensive eye care worldwide. Since 1974, SEE has screened more than 3.68 million individuals and restored the sight of nearly half a million people. Learn more.

World Blind Union

The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization representing the estimated 285 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 180 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. Learn more.

Iris Network

The Iris Network's mission is to help people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration. Its services are based on respect for each individual's right to self-direction through informed choices. The Iris Network believes that the education and integration of all individuals will result in a stronger society. Learn more.

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation's mission is to find cures for ocular inflammatory diseases, to correct the worldwide deficit of properly trained ocular immunologists, and to provide education and emotional support for those patients afflicted with ocular inflammatory disease. Learn more.

Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation

Founded in 2006, the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation seeks to increase awareness about Coats Disease, fund research and cultivate a community for support. Learn more.

Macular Degeneration Foundation

The Macular Degeneration Foundation is dedicated to those who have and will develop macular degeneration. We offer this growing community the latest information, news, hope and encouragement. In addition, the Foundation gives financial support to researchers investigating treatments and others helping those coping with the challenges of living with the loss of their central vision. Learn more.

Blindskills

Blindskills is a unique self-help organization through which people who are blind or visually impaired offer support to each other as they seek to overcome this serious sensory challenge and live their own lives without unnecessary dependence on others. Learn more.

The OPC

The OPC (Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité - Organization for the Prevention of Blindness) is an international organization for ocular public health. It fights to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in the most deprived populations in French-speaking developing countries. Learn more.

North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment

The North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NC-APVI) is an affiliate of NAPVI, the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. We provide leadership, support, and training to assist North Carolina families in helping children reach their full potential. Learn more.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) is a national nonprofit founded in 1978 in San Francisco to encourage innovative research toward better treatments for people with glaucoma. GRF has funded more than $50 million of grants and projects and provides education and support for people with glaucoma. Their mission is to prevent vision loss from glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education, and support with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Learn more.

TFOS - Blink Around the World

Blink Around the World is a global campaign launched by TFOS to promote the importance of eye-health and the need for more innovative research. Dry eye treatment is only one example of a global unmet need in ophthalmology. TFOS' global collaboration among scientists, clinicians and industry professionals facilitates the action needed to help the world see better. Learn more.

Macular Degeneration Association

Macular Degeneration Association is a non-profit health organization dedicated to finding a cure for macular degeneration through research, awareness programs and materials which provide information about risk factors, preventative measures, treatments and coping strategies. Age-related macular degeneration is an increasingly prevalent degenerative eye disease, affecting millions of aging seniors. Learn more.

The Glaucoma Foundation

The mission of The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to develop a cure for glaucoma through innovative research and collaboration. The Foundation encourages and supports basic and applied research in glaucoma and to further efforts to identify and develop novel approaches to preserve visual function and reverse blindness caused by glaucoma. Learn more.

Essilor Vision Foundation

Essilor Vision Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity, founded in 2007 by Essilor of America, with the mission to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Learn more.

National Keratoconus Foundation

Founded in 1986, the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is a non-profit organization that is part of The Discovery Eye Foundation. The mission of the NKCF is to increase awareness of keratoconus while supporting research on the cause and treatment. Learn more.

The Coalition for Usher Syndrome Research

The Usher Syndrome Coalition's mission is to raise awareness about Usher syndrome as the leading cause of deaf-blindness, advance research, and to provide information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome. Learn more.

Vision Aware

Vision Aware provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and related professionals. Learn more.

The Vision of Children Foundation

Established in 1990, The Vision of Children Foundation is dedicated to the eradication of hereditary childhood blindness and vision disorders. The foundation serves as an informational resource, provides a family support network, sponsors research programs and offers a computer monitor program for visually impaired students. Learn more.

Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

The mission of the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments is to help children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential through family-centered and specialized services and support. Learn more.

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity

Established in 1971, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) provides vision care services to those below poverty level and without access to eye care. VOSH programs supply eyeglasses, treat eye disease and refer or perform vision surgery to more than 100,000 people around the world each year. Learn more.

Choroideremia Research Foundation

The Choroideremia Research Foundation raises funds in support of scientific research leading to a treatment or cure of choroideremia, a hereditary retinal-degenerative disease that causes blindness, educates people affected by the disease and informs the public. Learn more.

RestoringVision

RestoringVision provides new reading and sunglasses at low cost to groups going to developing countries. Since 2003, we have supplied more than 1.7 million glasses to more than 600 different groups. Both reading and sunglasses are easy to dispense and make a dramatic difference in people's lives. Learn more.