Healthy Eyes Alliance, Inc. (HEA) is a 501(c)3, non-profit, healthcare agency whose mission is "preventing vision loss in our communities and promoting healthy eyes".
Historically, HEA's roots go back to its founding in Manhattan, in 1908, under the name of The National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. With 4 staff members and over 200 volunteers our programs are focused on the prevention of blindness through free and innovative vision screenings and follow-up.
Healthy Eyes for Preschoolers (age 3-to-5 years): HEA works to reach out to the low-income children by providing free, certified vision screenings, and free exams and glasses. Coupled with timely referral and follow up, the goal is to prevent permanent vision loss, blindness or learning difficulties in young children at risk and get them ready to SEE and learn.
Services are provided throughout Connecticut in cities such as New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New London. HEA serves preschool children at Head Start and School Readiness facilities; and has also expanded to serve children attending libraries and homeless shelters in low-income communities of Connecticut. Some preschool children do not have the communication skills to perform traditional vision screening methods, such as acuity charts and Stereopsis screening tools. HEA will meet the needs of all children employing the Welch-Allyn SureSight Vision Screener 14000. The SureSight vision screenings eliminates any language barriers that previously have been a significant factor in the screening process for the preschool staff. Also, shy children, children with attention deficits and children with special needs may also be screened because the SureSight Vision Screener does not require a verbal response from the child and it is quick and fun.
Sight For Students (children up to 18-years-of-age): HEA provides vouchers for free eye exams and glasses for qualified at-risk children through a program sponsored by Vision Service Plan, the nation's oldest vision care plan.
WorkSight (employees of all ages): HEA and its Board of Directors, Eye Safety and Wellness Council, and OSHA Alliance members work directly with employers and employees in companies region-wide in order to promote eye safety and eye health in the workplace.
Funding to continue and expand our children vision screening program, adult vision screening program, health fair educational opportunities, and Public Relations and communications efforts, including a display to bring to the health fair; and volunteers to help in the office and with special events and fundraising initiatives and begin new chapters throughout the area.
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
i. The visual acuity test consists of a child friendly symbol chart called the Lea Chart, which measures the child’s ability to see objects at a distance.
HEA will work directly with the site liaison of each preschool we screen to facilitate parent/guardian follow-up. We will encourage the Site Liaison to follow up with the parent/guardian to ensure that the complete eye exam is obtained within 60 days of the referral and that within 30 days after the complete eye exam, the prescribe treatment is being followed. When necessary, the HEA Program Manager willcontactthe parents to encourage them to bring their child for a complete eye exam. The site liaison will determine whether or not the parent/guardians of the children referred are experiencing difficulties in receiving eye care. We will work together to resolve these issues with the goal of having these children receive eye exams after a failed screening
1. To provide preschool children from communities, including low-income, with vision screening.
2. Referral and follow up services are provided for children who do not pass screening criteria to encourage them to schedule eye exams within 60 days of referral.
3. HEA staff follows up with Site Liaison at the preschool within 30 days after professional eye care is received, to assess that prescribed treatment is being followed.
4. Any child in need of eye care receives access to free or low-cost eye care.
5. Programmatic findings are reported within 12 months after funding is received and at any other time that a report is requested.
6. A resource will be created that will be able to assist site liaisons and parents to locate eye care professionals within the community for the children in need of eye care services.
7. Programmatic statistical data is tracked in the Healthy Eyes Alliance database.
8. Other funding sources to support the continuation and expansion of this project are actively pursued.
Sight For Students (children up to 18-years-of-age) -HEA provides vouchers for free eye exams and glasses for qualified at-risk children through a program sponsored by Vision Service Plan.
WorkSight (employees of all ages) - HEA and its Board of Directors, Eye Safety and Wellness Council, and OSHA Alliance members work directly with employers and employees in companies region-wide in order to promote eye safety and eye health in the workplace. HEA conducts screenings and distributes eye health information at employee health fairs and training seminars.
Eye on Your Vision (adults over 40 years-of-age) – Vision impairment is one of the leading causes of disability and loss of independence among older adults. What many adults do not realize is that vision loss, due to eye disease, may not be noticed until it is too late and, often times, once vision loss has occurred the damage is irreversible as in the case of glaucoma and macular-degeneration. HEA has identified adults 40 and over as a target audience to appeal to through public education forums, routine, free vision screenings at community centers and health fairs, distributing educational materials, both printed and electronic, and advocacy.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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