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Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the SUNY College of Optometry’s Homebound Program. The project provides comprehensive eye care visits to homebound older adults in Manhattan, and, with the Foundation’s generous support, expanded into Queens.  

We have also begun to offer home visits in the Bronx this year.  

The Homebound Program’s older adults with impaired sight are at increased risk of falls, fractures and depression among other dangers.  Individuals at particular risk include those with multiple disabilities and/or other health conditions. 

The visiting optometrist conducts a comprehensive eye exam including refraction and ocular health assessment; glaucoma and cataract evaluation as well as the evaluation of systemic disease (i.e., diabetes and hypertension).  Eyeglasses and/or low vision devices are offered, as needed. The Homebound Program provides an essential community service that helps elders to remain safe at home.

In admiration and recognition of his tireless efforts in providing homebound care, Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation established the DR. BENJAMIN FREED MEMORIAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, at the SUNY College of Optometry.  This annual award will highlight the outstanding community service provided by a 4th year optometry student, beginning in 2016.

For additional information about the Homebound Program, or to schedule an appointment, please call 212 938 4030.  Please visit to learn more about patient care services at the SUNY College of Optometry.