Philanthropy spotlight: eyemobile/save our children’s sight


The UCSD Shiley Eye Center, Division of Community Ophthalmology, initiated the EyeMobile/Save Our Children’s Sight program in 2000 to ensure that San Diego’s children (ages 3-8) have the 20/20 vision they need to succeed in school and in life. Since its inception, more than 80,000 low-income preschoolers have been screened for eye disorders in 210 underserved locations all across the county.

More than 13,000 children were referred for complete eye examinations on the EyeMobile, with some 5,000 pairs of glasses and/or specialist eye care provided as needed. Each child examined is followed up on to see if they are wearing their glasses, plus research is conducted to demonstrate eye/brain changes.

The program is entirely made possible by partnering with donors and organizations in the community, and others interested in the education or health of underserved children.

The use of the latest information technologies including electronic medical records, and dedicated multilingual staff, student and community volunteers, are key to the program’s success in optimizing resources and benefits.

For more details, call (858) 822-2831.