The Eyeglasses Project is a Vancouver-based, volunteer-led initiative whose mission is to: Make Eyesight Accessible. We bring together skilled and resourceful people to help the vulnerable get access to eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses. The skilled include optometrists and other eye care professionals. The resourceful includes community service organizations and sponsors. The Eyeglasses Project was initially founded with the goal to provide the marginalized who reside in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with a basic tool, eyeglasses, to help them live more productive lives. Our renewed goal is to serve 1,000,000 disenfranchised people across Canada.
Making Eyesight Accessible.
Our Current Initiatives and Past Projects.
Our pilot project ran on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (“DTESNH”). Approximately 50 seniors who frequent the DTESNH were provided with free eye examinations conducted by colleagues, instructors and students of Douglas College’s Dispensing Optician Program. The seniors were also provided with new prescription eyeglasses, which they picked up three weeks later. Through generous donations, the eyeglass frames are provided at zero cost by the Dispensing Optician Program and the lenses will be funded by the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club (“RCLC”)
On October 23, 2018, a team of OQ stylists, opticians, and their optometrist, Dr. Daniel Heimdahl, set up a temporary eye clinic in the Carnegie Community Centre, offering free eye exams and prescription glasses to low-income residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
They collaborated with The Eyeglasses Project, a local charity whose goal is to make vision accessible to marginalized Canadians.
Founder and Chair
Bring the Community Together.
The Eyeglasses Project brings together a community of skilled and resourceful people ready to make a difference. This includes optometrists, other eye care professionals, community service organizations and sponsors. If you’d like to get involved in making eyesight accessible in your community, then please contact us below. We’d love to hear your proposal!