The Eye Institute

Sponsored by Pacific Vision Foundation

The non-profit Pacific Vision Foundation is serving as the catalyst behind the new Eye Institute at 711 Van Ness Avenue near San Francisco’s Civic Center. This unique eye center is the first-ever fully integrated network dedicated to eliminating avoidable vision loss among disadvantaged Americans – a unique constellation of leading doctors providing first-rate medical education and public service.

This pioneering approach to eye care in the United States is built on a new business model that:

  • Brings together the brightest minds, committed and passionate about patient care, education, research and community service.
  • Provides consistent high quality services to all, regardless of ability to pay, in a financially self-sustaining business model.
  • Finds inspiration from innovative programs such as San Francisco’s Institute of Health and Healing and India’s breakthrough Aravind Eye Care System.

The Eye Institute Will Include:

  • State-of-the art Lions Eye Foundation Clinic and Ophthalmic Diagnostic Services administered by California Pacific Medical Center
  • The Ophthalmology Residency Program accredited to California Pacific Medical Center
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic
  • Frank Stein and Paul S. May Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Education Center, including an auditorium and conference  rooms for continuing professional and community education
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center supporting more procedures, shorter waiting times and advanced technologies
  • Clinical Research facilities
  • Offices for allied vision-related organizations
  • Onsite Parking

A New Medical Prototype

The Eye Institute will function as a single-specialty medical mall, with multiple not-for-profit entities each retaining their independence while collectively reducing overhead and improving efficiency, thus producing revenue to support charitable care. Partners include California Pacific Medical Center, The Lions Eye Foundation of Northern California and Nevada, distinguished ophthalmologists in private practice who also teach and mentor ophthalmologists and retina specialists in training.

With its distinctive combination of education, care and compassion, The Eye Institute has the potential for enormous impact on the health care system in the U.S. Expected to serve as the prototype for future medical institutes elsewhere— The Eye Institute will start in San Francisco and spread across the United States. Join our campaign to change lives far beyond imagination!

Convenience and Access.

Pacific Vision Foundation seized a one-time opportunity  to purchase an 88,000 – square-foot building at 711 Van Ness Avenue near the San Francisco Civic Center as the future home of The Eye institute. Conveniently and centrally located on the Van Ness Avenue transportation corridor, The Institute benefits from excellent access to Bay Area freeways and convenient public transportation.

Join us now.

The prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation first offered support for the Eye Institute concept by funding a feasibility study in 2007 which resulted in a $10 million Program Related Investment received in 2015-2016. These funds have made possible the required upgrades to transform an office building into a medical institution. Click here to access their project report. Other individuals and charitable organizations have made commitments as well.

We can do so much more.

Currently plans are being developed for collaborating with community clinics across the 9 Bay Area Counties and beyond, to provide access to the care that can be provided by the highly specialized physicians associated with The Eye Institute. We’ll need to provide additional facilities and we must create a Patient Assistance Fund for those who lack resources. Click here to make your tax-exempt contribution.