The UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic provides
high-quality eye care to underserved populations—particularly children and
the elderly—who lack access to health care as a
result of finances, transportation problems or cultural
and language barriers.
The UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic and its staff of ophthalmologists,
ophthalmology residents, technicians and volunteers make weekly
visits to Southern California community locations including public
and private schools, free clinics, social services agencies working
with abused and foster children, low-income families and the
Ophthalmologists perform basic eye examinations
to determine the need for prescriptive lenses and to rule
out the need for further treatment of any eye condition or disease. In a
typical year, 4,000 children and 1,000 adults are examined free of charge.
An additional 1,500 people receive vision and glaucoma screenings at health fairs
and 400 underserved children are given free prescription eyeglasses.
Established in 1975 by an anonymous donor,
the clinic remains a privately funded outreach program of the Jules Stein Eye Institute.
In addition to individual donors, support for this unique enterprise
comes from The Karl Kirchgessner Foundation, Barbara Mott McCarthy, The
Burton C. Bettingen Corporation, the Annenberg Foundation and
the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation. One of the
first programs of its kind and the longest continuously operating
eye clinic on wheels, the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic is a tribute to
the power of private philanthropy and a steadfast mission.
Mobile Eye Clinic Director
Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD
Mobile Eye Clinic Information