Our Program.

THE EYEMOBILE MODEL

The UCSD EyeMobile for Children at the Shiley Eye Institute is an unprecedented program that serves as a community health model in overcoming barriers to care for the underserved. Keys to our success include the use of the latest information technologies including electronic medical records, a dedicated multilingual staff, student and community volunteers. The major components of the program are listed below.

VISION SCREENING

At school locations throughout San Diego county

EYEMOBILE FOLLOW-UP

At preschool eye examination by optometrist for those children referred from vision screening

GLASSES

If needed glasses are provided at no cost and delivered to preschool location

FOR CHILDREN WITH AMBLYOPIA/BLINDNESS RISK

Follow-up at preschool to test visual acuity

FOLLOW-UP CALLS

With parents and teachers for all children wearing glasses

CHILDREN IDENTIFIED

As having other serious eye conditions are referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist

INTERVENTION, OUTREACH, AND EDUCATION

Provide information about eye health and early childhood vision care to families and teachers

RESEARCH

Longitudinal learning ability assessment

  • Since the start of the UCSD EyeMobile in 2000, the program has made great strides in serving the San Diego Community.

    2000 - 2014 CUMULATIVELY
    • • 151,338 children have been screened
    • • 23,253 children have received fully dilated eye exams
    • • 7,145 children have received a free pair of glasses

    2013 - 2014 SCHOOL YEAR ALONE
    • • 13,438 children were screened by the auto-refractor
    • • 2,011 children received fully dilated eye exams
    • • 896 pairs of glasses were provided

    This program has been made possible by the contributions of generous community members. These donations have allowed for the tremendous growth of the EyeMobile Program since it was founded. With your help, we can continue to expand our program and provide services to a greater number of children in the San Diego County.
  • The mission of the UCSD Eyemobile for children is to give young, underserved children the vision they need to succeed in school and in life by identifying, treating, and preventing vision disorders.
  • The Division of Community Ophthalmology at Shiley Eye Institute is dedicated to developing and implementing model programs that serve two diverse segments of San Diego's population, our county's underserved preschool children and our county's seniors diagnosed with macular degeneration. These unique programs have been embraced throughout the community and are improving the quality of life for thousands of San Diego's seniors and young preschool children.

  • Jacqueline couldn’t even write a letter. After she got her glasses, she would write her name and also make pictures with lots of details. As a teacher, I think that it is very important that children are screened as early as possible to meet their educational and developmental needs.
    SINCERELY, ORALIA (PRESCHOOL TEACHER IN SAN YSIDRO)
  • Childhood blindness is a solvable crisis.
    DR. BROWN - CORNEA & ANTERIOR SEGMENT SPECIALIST, FOUNDER OF THE SHILEY EYE INSTITUTE
  • When I noticed that my middle child, Danielle, was not keeping up with the others, I started to worry. I never suspected she needed glasses. Because my insurance does not cover vision, and I would have to take a day off work to get her an exam, Danielle almost didn’t get the help she needed. The EyeMobile program came to her preschool and did her exam.
    VICTORIA (MOTHER IN CHULA VISTA)

The Issues.

Looking at the Numbers of Childhood blindness...
The prevention of avoidable visual impairment will be achieved only if effective, efficient, comprehensive eye health-care services are integrated into well managed, well-monitored national health systems.

  • Jacqueline couldn’t even write a letter. After she got her glasses, she would write her name and also make pictures with lots of details. As a teacher, I think that it is very important that children are screened as early as possible to meet their educational and developmental needs.
    SINCERELY, ORALIA (PRESCHOOL TEACHER IN SAN YSIDRO)
  • Childhood blindness is a solvable crisis.
    DR. BROWN - CORNEA & ANTERIOR SEGMENT SPECIALIST, FOUNDER OF THE SHILEY EYE INSTITUTE
  • When I noticed that my middle child, Danielle, was not keeping up with the others, I started to worry. I never suspected she needed glasses. Because my insurance does not cover vision, and I would have to take a day off work to get her an exam, Danielle almost didn’t get the help she needed. The EyeMobile program came to her preschool and did her exam.
    VICTORIA (MOTHER IN CHULA VISTA)

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Our Team.

Our small and diligent team works tirelessly to bring
exams to the underserved children of San Diego County.