Ophthalmology Resources

Resources for Patients in Need

These resources may be able to assist with financial assistance for rent, utilities, food, etc.

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Make your Office Safer for Patients with Low Vision

When low vision patients visit your office, what sort of experience do they have? As an experiment, put on a pair of trial glasses that blur your vision to 20/200 and imagine that you are visiting your building for the first time. It could be an eye-opener.

Fortunately, you don’t have to break the budget to make your office easier—and safer—to navigate. You can make a world of difference by paying attention to some of the basics of vision rehabilitation, such as lighting, color, contrast, figure-ground perception, and touch.

Though different disabilities affect vision in diverse ways, the recommendations below will help most patients who have vision impairment and while some changes can be made right away, others will need to wait until your next office renovation.

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Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program (MOM)

The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) is a program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in partnership with the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) charged with increasing diversity in ophthalmology by helping underrepresented in medicine students become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants.

Information and applications can be found at: https://www.aao.org/minority-mentoring

The Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program

The Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program is committed to increasing diversity in eye care to better reflect the U.S. population by supporting medical students, residents, and fellows in ophthalmology who are underrepresented in medicine or who desire to work in underserved communities. For more information visit: https://www.rabbvenable.com/