The Vision Institute is a non-profit charitable optometry clinic. Regular and comprehensive vision and eye care services are provided to the general public and to people with special needs. All donations we receive and funds raised through our educational and research programs support our charitable clinical services to underserved communities and at-risk patient populations.
The Vision Institute has become Canada’s national voice advocating for improved access to comprehensive eye exams for First Nations children. The rate of uncorrected refractive error in First Nations elementary schools is a staggering eighty-six percent in those children needing glasses. If a child cannot see clearly, reading and learning skills are delayed. Over 60% of First Nations young adults (20-24) have not completed high school, compared with 13% of non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Special needs identification and placement rates in First Nations elementary and secondary schools are 2-3 times the rate of provincial schools. With your support, we can expand our clinical outreach programs to First Nations schools and raise awareness about the importance of healthy eyes and clear vision in learning to read and reading to learn.
With your support, we can also continue to provide charitable and specialized clinical services to the Blind Low Vision Program, Ontario Early Years Centres, Surrey Place Centre, school boards, and numerous long-term care and community living facilities. With your support we can continue to provide comprehensive eye exams and free glasses to women and children in family shelters run by the YWCA and other people-in-need referred by various social service organizations.
What People Are Saying
"The Assembly of First Nations would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Vision Institute of Canada for their leadership in promoting the vision health of Canadians… Vision health can affect the quality of life... and this is particularly true of First Nations people in Canada."
— Shaun A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief, AFN (2011)
"I fully support this vision health awareness campaign and offer my best wishes to all those working on this initiative so that eye health education can reach all native people across Canada."
— The Right Honourable Paul Martin