EyeSmart EyeCheck logoThe American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® EyeCheck program was created in 2010 to combat undetected eye disease and visual impairment among at-risk populations in the United States. The program works to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of eye disease and visual impairment and promote early detection and treatment of eye disease, particularly among minority populations who face greater risk factors for eye diseases like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and disproportionately lack access to eye care. At health fairs and community events across the country, the EyeCheck program is working to:

  • Provide free screenings detect undiagnosed eye conditions among at-risk populations
  • Raise awareness about eye diseases and risk factors
  • Provide referrals to eye care and bi-lingual eye health information
  • Pilot test a screening methodology for adults that focuses on detecting damage from eye disease, which may allow ophthalmologists to effectively screen a larger number of patients in a short amount of time
  • Build a national inventory of community eye screenings that use the EyeCheck approach

Frequently Asked Questions

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The following partners have helped make EyeSmart EyeCheck screening events possible:

  • EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that provides eye exams at no out-of-pocket cost to qualifying patients
  • CareHarbor, a program that organizes large health fairs to provide care to underserved Americans
  • Family Bridges

The following companies have provided financial support to EyeSmart EyeCheck:

  • Genentech
  • Allergan

To get involved or for more information, please send an e-mail to: eyesmart@aao.org

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