Building a strong optometry community of support when disasters hit

December 8, 2022
Since 2005, when flooding from Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) has awarded more than $1.2 million to doctors of optometry and students impacted by natural disasters to restore patient care. Now, as 2022 winds down, your support of OFDR can ensure it is poised to help doctors sustain care during disasters in 2023.
 Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief

There was the dangerous Hurricane Ian and then there was the devastating aftermath in Florida. In Volusia County, considerable damage was done to the home of Alyssa Perlman-Hensen, O.D.

“We had significant sewage flooding throughout our entire house and damage to our roof and ceiling, leaving our house unsafe and uninhabitable,” Dr. Perlman-Hensen says. “We were forced to move out of our home immediately.

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