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California Vision Foundation

California Vision Project

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.

Mission Statement

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.




John Larcabal, OD - President
Robert Gordon, OD - Immediate Past President
Candi Kimura, OD - Secretary
Rebecca Kammer, OD
Page Yarwood, OD, MS, FAAO
Jason Vitaich
John Rosten, OD - COA Board Liaison


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.


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