Welcome to Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation!
We are a grant maker providing support to organizations working to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals. We also publish large print reading material for people who have trouble reading standard sized print.
On this site, you can learn about our grant making priorities and guidelines. You can order a subscription to Reader’s Digest Select Editions Large Type. You will also find resources and information to help you and your loved ones cope with vision loss. And you can learn how to support us in our efforts to bring a higher quality of life to blind and visually impaired individuals.
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPFS) awarded the Optometric Center of New York a grant for the SUNY College of Optometry’s Homebound Programs in Manhattan and Queens, which provide eye and vision care to hundreds of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
Among this population there is a growing rate of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, resulting in vision loss. Homebound elders with diminished vision are at greater risk of falls and accidents, often resulting in hospital and/or extended nursing home stays. Depression and dementia are added factors that can exacerbate the situation.
Support from RDPFS enables SUNY’s optometrists to provide high quality, at-home eye and vision care exams, including refraction and ocular health assessment, glaucoma and cataract evaluation as well as identification systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, to hundreds of older adults who are confined to their homes due to illness or disability.
The program serves patients regardless of their ability to pay. Individuals in need of care are identified through a variety of sources including self-referral, family members and the SUNY’s extensive referral network.
SUNY Optometry’s Homebound Programs are also valuable learning opportunities for newly-minted ODs in the College’s low vision residency program. Residents often accompany the optometrists during their home visits to learn both the science and practice of optometry, and the role compassion plays in patient care.
For more information, please visit Our Partners page.