CEI opens 2 more free eye clinics

Dr. Andrew Robbins, a retired Cincinnati Eye Institute surgeon and volunteer with the CEI Foundation, with a patient

Dr. Andrew Robbins, a retired Cincinnati Eye Institute surgeon and volunteer with the CEI Foundation, with a patient

The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation has opened two more free vision clinics, bringing its total to four.

The new clinics — in addition to the current Roselawn and West End locations — will allow for increased support to low-income adults without vision insurance. The clinics are staffed by volunteer ophthalmologists, an ophthalmic technician and a medical records scheduler.

The new clinics are at the Good Samaritan Hospital Free Health Center in Price Hill and the Procter Center in the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The clinics are the foundation’s largest community initiative at a cost of $325,000.

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Cincinnati Eye Institute. It is committed to helping people from all walks of life to preserve as well as improve their eyesight.

“The majority of our vision clinic patients have never seen an eye doctor,” said Patrick Ward, president of the foundation. “Around 10 percent have previously undiagnosed glaucoma, severe retina issues or cataracts. What’s worse, many have no idea they are facing blindness without timely treatment. We want to improve and preserve the eyesight of as many people as possible.”

More than 5,600 patients have been seen at first two vision clinics.

“Seventy-eight percent of patients visiting the clinics usually receive prescriptions and vouchers for free glasses from our partner OneSight Foundation, and another 10 percent are referred to UC Health Ophthalmology for intensive follow-up or surgery,” said Ward.

More than $210,000 in specialized diagnostic eye equipment at the two new clinics was made possible by individuals and foundations. Donors include the Allergan Foundation; Genentech Foundation; Knights of Malta; L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation; The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation; and a foundation wishing to remain anonymous.

513-207-6140 or ceifoundation.org

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