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Charitable Associations



Wheaton Eye Clinic actively partners with local, national and international organizations to support research and humanitarian eye care services. Whether raising money to combat retinal diseases, recycling patient-donated eyeglasses, or caring for underserved patients, Wheaton Eye Clinic has a long history of excellence in compassionate eye care. Our doctors, as well as our dollars, travel far beyond clinic walls to bring hope and relief to those at risk of eye disease and vision loss.

Foundation Fighting Blindness

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The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for the more than 10 million Americans who suffer vision loss by retinal degenerative diseases. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised more than $370 million.

Foundation Fighting Blindness has over 50 volunteer-led groups across the U.S. These dedicated volunteers raise funds, increase public awareness and provide support to their communities. The signature event of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the annual VisionWalk, a 5K walk-a-thon style fundraising program which sponsors events in cities throughout the country.

These walk-a-thons give the visually impaired community a unified voice in order to raise public awareness and education about retinal degenerative diseases. Wheaton Eye Clinic supports the Chicago VisionWalk, held each June along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront.

Most Ministries

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As Wheaton Eye Clinic patients replace old eyeglasses with new, they generously donate their old pairs of glasses to the Wheaton Eye Clinic. Approximately 1,500 pairs of eyeglasses are collected each year and made available to charitable organizations to refurbish and give to people in need of prescriptive eyeglasses.

Most recently Wheaton Eye Clinic has donated eyeglasses to Most Ministries, sponsored by the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, for use in eyeglass clinics in countries such as the Ukraine, Guatemala and Honduras.

Occasionally Wheaton Eye Clinic is contacted by local church groups asking for used eyeglasses which can be distributed during their own medical mission trips. Whenever possible, Wheaton Eye Clinic supplies eyeglasses for these worthy endeavors.

Lions Club International

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Eyeglasses which are not used by mission groups are donated to Lions Club International which recycles eyeglasses worldwide through its SightFirst Program. Today Lions Club is best known for fighting blindness through the efforts of its 1.3 million members in 200 countries. As the world’s largest service club organization, Lions Club efficiently and effectively conducts vision screenings, equips hospitals and clinics, distributes medicine and raises awareness of eye disease.

EyeCare America

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Every Wheaton Eye Clinic doctor is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology so it is natural that many partner with the public service program of the Academy, EyeCare America. As part of a corp of 7,200 volunteer ophthalmologists dedicated to serving their communities, Wheaton Eye Clinic doctors provide eye care to those who are medically underserved and for those at increased risk for eye disease. Wheaton Eye Clinic doctors participate in glaucoma and diabetes programs as well as programs for seniors and children.

Through the EyeCare America program, volunteer ophthalmologists provide eye exams and up to one year of care to U.S. citizens and legal residents, often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify. Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped more than 860,000 people