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September 28, 2010
EyeCare America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, links disadvantaged people in need of eye care with ophthalmologists willing to help them, often for free. Now, the national organization has taken its database of 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists online, creating a Web-based referral system. That way, people can easily access the care they need. Such services might seem few and far between – free healthcare services, such as Remote Area Medical , are often confined by location or timeframe.
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NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It's an initiative you might call "red, white and shoe. " L.A.-based Toms shoes has announced an expanded* giving program at home, in the U.S. The company, whose One for One business model donates a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair it sells, aims to give 1 million pairs of shoes to children in the U.S. by the end of 2014. New pairs of Toms shoes will be given to children in 35 states and access to eye care will be provided to children in three states, through sales of Toms eyewear.  Some of the company's U.S.-based giving partners are Save the Children , Feed the Children and Helen Keller International . Toms was founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006, when he was traveling in Argentina and took a liking to the region's  alpargatas canvas worker shoes.  Looking for volunteer work near Buenos Aires, he came across a woman who had recently organized a shoe drive, which got him thinking about shoes being at the top of the list when relief organizations ask for donations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1994 | TIM MAY
Lens Crafters will provide free eye care, prescriptions and glasses for 48 abused and neglected children who reside at the Hathaway Children's Services residential campus in Sylmar. The gift is part of an annual charitable program that targets needy children in Southern California communities. The eye care and glasses will be administered at Lens Crafters locations in Northridge and Sherman Oaks.
OPINION
March 30, 2012 | By Daniel J. Stone
Mitt Romney marked the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by calling for its repeal. Referring to the act as "an unfolding disaster," he advocated free-market initiatives to improve access to care. Yet Romney never explained how the free market could help uninsured individuals like my longtime patient Joyce. Joyce, a diabetic in her 60s, works for a Los Angeles church and spends much of her time doing charitable work in Africa. The church does not offer health insurance.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2002 | James Flanigan
When Dr. Richard Casey went to Harvard Medical School 22 years ago, he had no idea that glaucoma and other causes of blindness were six times more common among African Americans than among whites. Nobody did. But since that time, research studies and the clinical experiences of Casey and other eye doctors have provided powerful evidence that race and ethnicity are important factors when it comes to vision problems. Poverty only compounds the trouble.
NEWS
October 22, 1992 | Agnes Herman, Agnes Herman is a writer, lecturer and retired social worker living in Lake San Marcos
What a profusion and confusion of labels and responsibilities there are concerning eyesight, eye care and eyeglasses. It's hard not to get cross-eyed just keeping the specialists straight. There are ophthalmologists, medical doctors who can perform eye surgery, treat infections, and write prescriptions for medicine as well as glasses. Optometrists can check vision and prescribe glasses, but cannot offer medication or perform surgery.
NEWS
July 8, 1986 | URSULA VILS, Times Staff Writer
Less than six months into its implementation in California, an eye-care project for senior citizens is producing at least one startling statistic: 52% of those screened had cataracts, 95% of which are curable by surgery. The National Eye Care Project, already operating in several states, is designed to bring eye care to people over 65 at no cost to the patient. Half of the nation's blind are over 65, although that age group is only 11% of the population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1985 | Associated Press
People over 65 will soon be able to receive without charge eye care that is not covered by insurance under a national program to show them that "growing older doesn't mean going blind," a spokesman for a professional group said. The National Eye Care Project, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, will begin early next year in Washington, D.C., and eventually go nationwide, said Dr. George Weinstein, chairman of ophthalmology at West Virginia University's Medical School.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1988 | GEORGE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Enraged by an umpire's call at a recent San Diego Padres baseball game, a fan rose to his feet and questioned the eyesight of the official by making a strong and unconventional request. "Go see Dr. Leventhal!" he yelled. The comment was an off-beat testament to Alan Leventhal, head of a chain of Southern California stores that made its mark by being among the first in California to promise one-hour service.
IMAGE
June 11, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Hand-painted, colorful striped sunglasses. That's the second chapter of Toms Shoes' one-for-one business, revealed last week after months of mystery. "With every pair purchased, Toms will give someone sight," Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said. Meaning that for every pair of sunglasses purchased, sight-saving medical treatment, prescription glasses or surgery will be donated to a person in need, a model that goes well beyond Toms' original archetype of donating one pair of shoes for every pair purchased.
IMAGE
June 11, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Hand-painted, colorful striped sunglasses. That's the second chapter of Toms Shoes' one-for-one business, revealed last week after months of mystery. "With every pair purchased, Toms will give someone sight," Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said. Meaning that for every pair of sunglasses purchased, sight-saving medical treatment, prescription glasses or surgery will be donated to a person in need, a model that goes well beyond Toms' original archetype of donating one pair of shoes for every pair purchased.
NEWS
September 28, 2010
EyeCare America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, links disadvantaged people in need of eye care with ophthalmologists willing to help them, often for free. Now, the national organization has taken its database of 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists online, creating a Web-based referral system. That way, people can easily access the care they need. Such services might seem few and far between – free healthcare services, such as Remote Area Medical , are often confined by location or timeframe.
WORLD
August 7, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Taliban fighters ambushed and killed a 10-member medical team, including six Americans, as they were returning from a trip to a remote northern area to provide eye care to rural villagers, their aid organization and local officials said Saturday. The 10 charity workers, who also included two Afghans, a German and a Briton, were found slain in remote forested area of Badakhshan province, according to provincial police and their Kabul-based group, the International Assistance Mission . The Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the deaths, claiming those killed were spies and preachers of Christianity.
WORLD
August 7, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Taliban fighters ambushed and killed a 10-member medical team, including six Americans, as they were returning from a trip to a remote northern area to provide eye care to rural villagers, their aid organization and local officials said Saturday. The 10 charity workers, who also included two Afghans, a German and a Briton, were found slain in a remote forested area of Badakhshan province, according to provincial police and the International Assistance Mission , the Kabul-based group that organized the trip.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 5,600 people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sunday, many camping out in the cold on the sidewalk overnight, to claim wristbands and a chance for free dental and medical treatment at a massive health clinic this week. "It's kind of hard to ignore," said organizer Don Manelli. "Somebody waits all night outside to see a dentist — that tells you something." The seven-day clinic, which starts Tuesday, will include vision exams, mammograms and diabetes screening, among other services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sophia Taylor fidgeted with the drawstrings of her hooded sweat shirt as she sat inside the darkened examination room. It had been more than five years since her last vision exam, and her sight had gotten worse. When the doctor entered, he asked the 24-year-old a series of questions: Why has it been so long? Had she ever worn glasses? Does she still wear them? Taylor explained that she lost her last pair of glasses, which were never replaced. That was in the seventh grade. "My mom said I didn't need them," the Long Beach woman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sophia Taylor fidgeted with the drawstrings of her hooded sweat shirt as she sat inside the darkened examination room. It had been more than five years since her last vision exam, and her sight had gotten worse. When the doctor entered, he asked the 24-year-old a series of questions: Why has it been so long? Had she ever worn glasses? Does she still wear them? Taylor explained that she lost her last pair of glasses, which were never replaced. That was in the seventh grade. "My mom said I didn't need them," the Long Beach woman said.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Drug maker Novartis made a bid to become a leading player in the growing global market for eye-care products Monday with an announcement that it plans to take control of Alcon Inc. by paying $28 billion for a total 77% stake in the company. Novartis will pay cash for Nestle's 52% stake before a merger with Alcon of Hunenberg, Switzerland, that would give it control of the remaining 23% held by shareholders. The Basel, Switzerland, drug maker had already purchased 25% of Alcon from Nestle in April 2008 for $11 billion, with the option of buying the food and drinks company's remaining stake at a later date.
HEALTH
May 25, 2009 | Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Many people are forgoing medical care because of costs these days. In a telephone survey of more than 1,200 adults, released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 59% said they were going without medical care because of costs. Such care includes tests and screenings that can diagnose health problems before they become more serious. That percentage climbed from 53% in a similar survey conducted in February. But free or low-cost tests and healthcare can be found.
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