The Healthy Eyes Healthy Children Community Grants program offers a number of resources at little-to-no cost for awardees. Awardees will be asked to complete an online Registration Form indicating interest in use of portable examination equipment and access to hardware.

 Lenses and Lab Services

Eyeglass lenses and lab services for Polycarbonate Single Vision or Bi-Focal Lenses will be available as an in-kind donation to the Optometrist for the charitable work through this program, provided by the Essilor Vision Foundation.

NOTE: Optometrists whose applications are accepted, will be asked to complete the Registration Form to be assigned a unique VisionWeb log-in and lab account. The account number, instructions for online order entry and designated laboratory for HEHC jobs will be provided via email.


Applicants are encouraged to source frames independently for their grants; however, a selection of frames can be purchased to be used with the HEHC grant.  Should the applicant wish to purchase frames, please include estimated costs in the HEHC grant application budget to cover the cost of frames at $5/pair. 

 Portable Examination Lanes

Access to portable lanes (tripod, phoropter, wall chart) or portable phoropter stands for local equipment can be secured for charitable work when available, and upon request, when serving children at an off-site location and providing full/comprehensive eye exams. Shipping costs will be covered by the program sponsor, the Essilor Vision Foundation. Requests must be made 6 weeks in advance of date of services. In case of scheduling overlaps, portable lanes may need to be secured by the Optometrist through other means.

NOTE: Optometrists whose applications are accepted, will be asked to complete the Registration Form to indicate their interest in use of portable examination lanes. 

 Resource Kit

Optometry Cares will provide each awardee an electronic HEHC Resource Kit that will include, but not limited to:

-Cover letter
-Press releases announcing grant / program
-Media kit (fact sheets for HEHC and AOA, templates, guide to pitching a story and interviewing techniques)
-Presentation on the vision need, current research and community vision care models
-Presentation and partnership agreement templates
-Press releases to announce completion of project and results
-Certificate template from AOA/HEHC/Doctor for supporting sponsors/partners
-Healthy Eyes Healthy Children thank you letter template to use to acknowledge partners involved in the project
-Healthy Eyes Healthy Children project promotional poster 


Your investment will ensure that The AOA Foundation continues to provide immediate relief to those in need in the wake of natural disasters, vision care to needy Americans, scholarships for optometry students, preservation of optometry’s history and public education about the need for a lifetime of vision care.

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