The California Vision Project is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, uninsured families and individuals throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. CVF successfully matches and assigns over 3,000 eligible individuals to volunteer optometrists each year.
The California Vision Foundation is dedicated to preventing vision loss and enhancing eye health through public education and the provision of services to medically under-served Californians.
The Kentucky Vision Project first began providing free eye exams and low cost glasses to low-income patients throughout Kentucky in 1985. The program quickly spread throughout the country and a similar program began operating in California in 1989. In 1991, the American Optometric Association (AOA) formed Vision USA to administer the program nationwide. California joined the Vision USA program shortly thereafter, in 1992. Administrative duties, such as screening and assigning patients, as well as national publicity campaigns were handled by Vision USA. Patient screenings began every January, and all appointments were scheduled for the following March. In 2000, Vision USA, California legally changed its name to the California Vision Foundation. In 2001, administrative duties for the California program were taken over by COA staff and the program began to operate on a year-round basis.
|2001||California Vision Project begins screening and assigning patients in-house at the COA Sacramento office. Patients are now seen on a year round basis, rather than only during the month of March.|
|2000||Vision USA, California became the California Vision Foundation.|
|1992||California joined the Vision USA program.|
|1991||American Optometric Association forms Vision USA to administer program nationwide.|
|1989||California develops program similar to Kentucky Vision Project.|
|1985||Kentucky Vision Project begins providing free eye exams and low cost glasses to low-income patients from Kentucky.|