Bring your old glasses—yep, the ones you never wear—into a Kaiser Permanente optical shop and we'll give them a second life helping improve eyesight for someone in need. Find a location.
All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, both prescription and non-prescription. Exceptionally strong or weak prescriptions are needed. Reading glasses also are very useful.
For nearly two decades, Kaiser Permanente Eye Care and its patients have supported the efforts of VOSH/International, a volunteer organization committed to improving eye health in underprivileged countries, and the Lions Club of Eastern Washington, committed to doing the same here at home. Just bring your old eyeglasses to any Kaiser Permanente optical shop, and together we will continue restoring the gift of vision to people in need.
Kaiser Permanente has partnered with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) to increase early patient referrals for blind and low-vision services. In particular, the program focuses on members who are currently employed and are trying to keep their jobs, as well as those who are seeking to become more employable.
DSB has found that the sooner people get help adjusting to blindness or low vision, the sooner they discover that they can still work, live independently, engage in community activities, and move on with their lives. This partnership allows people to receive valuable services before depression has a chance to set in.
How does the partnership work?
As Kaiser Permanente Eye Care doctors provide care to patients at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Washington state, they identify individuals who have permanent vision loss. Those patients are then referred to DSB, where free rehabilitative services are available to Kaiser Permanente members who have qualifying low-vision needs.
How can you be part of this program?
If you think you are a candidate for this program, talk to your Kaiser Permanente Eye Care doctor. Your eye doctor will assess your vision needs and determine if you qualify for a referral to DSB. DSB conducts an application interview to determine what challenges and immediate issues need to be addressed. DSB services are provided at no cost or low cost to Kaiser Permanente members referred through this partnership.
Please contact the
Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
Since 2007, the Kaiser Permanente Washington residencies in Primary Care Optometry* have enabled optometric graduates to work within one on the largest eye care practices in the region. Our goal is to provide training within an active clinical setting, so that residents gain the skills necessary to be tomorrow's primary eye care clinicians.
Residents receive advanced clinical training and experience in diagnosing and managing ocular health and visual function, as well as identifying and treating eye disease. The year-long program affords residents the opportunity to practice within Kaiser Permanente's integrated, team medicine approach to patient care—a model which has received national recognition.
Our residencies in Primary Care Optometry are fully accredited and offered at two locations, Seattle and Tacoma. If you are inspired to learn more about our program, including eligibility criteria and application process, please visit our residency web sites:
|Location||Seattle, WA||Tacoma, WA|
|Area of focus||Primary Eye Care Optometry||Primary Eye Care Optometry|
|Program coordinator||Stuart Frank, O.D.||Candy Arias Ceja, O.D.|
|Location||Kaiser Permanente Eye Care Northgate Medical Center||Kaiser Permanente Eye Care Tacoma Sprague Court|
|Learn more||Learn more|
*Formerly Group Health Residency in Primary Care Optometry