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Mission

Houston Eye Associates Foundation is committed to preserving and restoring sight with comprehensive eye care surgeries, medications, and ancillary services for individuals in financial hardship; and supporting education and research initiatives for the benefit of the community.

In 1981, physicians from the Houston Eye Associates formed the Houston Eye Associates Foundation, after identifying a gap in the existing healthcare system. They noticed there were many patients with an eye disease, yet were "choosing" to not have the condition treated. Specialized eye care services can easily cost into the thousands for a self-pay individual. Without having the resources to receive treatment, they are left with no other option but to become blind, or visually impaired, for a medical problem that could have been prevented or cured with proper medical and/or surgical intervention. The Foundation was formed with the belief that everyone deserves complete medical and surgical eye care treatment, regardlesss of their economic status. 

Houston Eye Associates Foundation is the only non-profit organization to provide medical and surgical eye care services, of all sub-specialties, at no-cost to the indigent working poor population. Medical and surgical eye care services are provided within the Greater Houston area, while patients are accepted into the program from throughout Texas. All qualified patients receive complete surgical and medical eye care services at no cost. Physicians generously donate their time and services, while the Foundation pays for surgical facility fees, sight-saving medications, medically necessary glasses, and other ancillary services necessary to preserve and restore one's sight.

Through a recent collaboration relationship, the Houston Eye Associates Foundation is proud to expand program services to include an Eye Care for Kids Vision Program. Influenced by Eye Care for Kids Foundation, founded by Dr. Irv Wishnow, of Wishnow Vision Associates, the goal of this program is to provide vision services to uninsured students throughout the Greater Houston Area. No child should fall behind in the classroom for not having the resources for corrective vision. Partnering Optometrists generously donate their services by providing free eye exams to qualifying students, and the Foundation reimburses the clinic for the cost of the glasses.

The Houston Eye Associates Foundation is supported solely by the generous charitable donations from individuals, grateful patients, private foundations, corporate matching gifts and two annual fundraising events. The Houston Eye Associates Foundation does not receive government or third-party funding of any other kind.


Houston Eye Associates Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization committed to preserving and restoring the sight of those in need. For more information, please contact heaf@houstoneye.com or (713) 558-8740.

7155 Old Katy Road, Suite N100, Houston, Texas 77024