Homeless adults may be affected by vision threatening diseases at rates up to 18 times higher than the general population. 

We are dedicated to providing high-quality, well-rounded healthcare to our clients, including vision and eye care. The in-house optometrist at our Fort Washington Men’s Shelter provides a range of services including diagnosis, treatment and management of binocular vision disorders, refractive disorders, low vision problems, and ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachments.

For patients that can’t easily access our clinic, we provide pickup services from numerous shelters: Third Street Men’s Shelter in Manhattan, Clarke Thomas Shelter in Wards Island, Ana’s Place in the Bronx, Kingsboro Men’s Shelter in Brooklyn, and New Providence Women’s Shelter in Manhattan. We never turn any patient away, regardless of his or her ability to pay. In addition to partnering with local opticians near the clinic, we work with LensCrafters to help patients without insurance obtain free eyeglasses. 

Data: Our optometry clinic serves over 280 patients per year—over 40% of whom are uninsured.