Santa Barbara Vision Care Program
In addition to working globally in developing countries, SEE International also has a program in Santa Barbara.
Often called the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a beautiful spot on the California coast amid a lush landscape of picturesque towns, wineries and vineyards, palm trees, and sandy beaches. There is, however, a substantial population in Santa Barbara County who live and work in our community and cannot afford basic medical care—including vision care—for themselves and their families.
Established in the late 1980s, the Santa Barbara Vision Care Program (SBVCP) responds to this need. SBVCP provides comprehensive eye exams, eyeglasses, medications, and eye surgery at no cost to qualified patients who reside in Santa Barbara county. The SBVCP also collaborates with the Shepard Eye Center and the Kendall-Shepard Eye Center in Santa Maria and Lompoc, respectively.
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Who Makes It Possible?
The SBVCP could not exist without our volunteer ophthalmologists and their staff. Our work is also made possible by the Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory, who generously provides free eyeglasses to our patients. Finally, we work with organizations and corporations that supply the SBVCP with in-kind donations, enabling patients to receive medications they otherwise could not afford.
SEE International and the SBVCP thanks our volunteer ophthalmologists: