Learn about the California Vision Foundation (CVF)

The California Vision Foundation (CVF) is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income and uninsured families throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and low cost glasses.

One in five non elderly Californians – approximately 6.3 million children and adults – lack health insurance.

California’s own Los Angeles County has some of the worst rates of  uninsured in the nation with a total of 2.2 million people lacking health care coverage.

Originally it was Vision USA and was a part of the AOA.  But after changing to the California Vision Foundation, COA took control of operations and started to provide examinations year-round.

Thanh Mai, OD


Community Service: Vision Volunteers Needed for Central County Health Expo

Volunteer eye care specialists (eye doctors, technicians, opticians & support staff) are needed for the Central County Health Expo serving the homeless & low-income families in OC.

We need 10-15 Optometrists. If we can’t get volunteers, we will have to turn away thousands of seniors, adults and children. We need your HELP !!

EVENT:  The 5th Annual Health Expo and Senior Resource Fair

DATE:  Saturday, October 11th

LOCATION:  Concorde College 12951 Euclid St Garden Grove, CA 92840

TIMES:  8am-4pm (various volunteer shift times available)

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Jackie Lim: JLim@ifhomeless.org (949) 273-0555 ext 402

Scott Weimer : scott@weimerandassociates.com


Optometrist Needed: Vision Screening Event @ Fort Irwin (Compensation Available)

Military children do not have glasses benefits. Come help Kids Vision for Life and VSP give back to families of those who serve our country!

EVENT:  Kids Vision for Life and VSP sponsored vision clinic.  There is funding to pay optometrists to work that day. The rate is $55/ hour plus reimbursement for mileage

DATES:  Saturday, October 25, 2014

LOCATION:  Fort Irwin Military Base

TIMES:  10:00 am until 4:00 pm

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:   Sam Hahn, Area Program Leader of Kids Vision for Life OC at kidsvisionforlifeoc@gmail.com or phone his cellphone (949) 338-9340 

For More Information: Click here



Legislative: Send Gov Brown a message to please sign AB 2418 into law!

Hello Doctors,

AB 2418 is sitting on the Governor Brown’s desk. Please urge him to sign this into law so your patients can get their prescription drops refilled early and covered by their insurance. This will help alleviate the compliance issues we all face with patients as we do our best to take care of their eyes.

Take action now! Click on the link below to send your message:

Chris Vargas O.D.
OCOS Legislative Chair



Community Service: Veteran’s Stand Down Event – Sept 26-27

Hello OCOS Members! Feel like giving back to those in need in your community?

Part of the OCOS public relations mission is to promote charitable events to help those in need. We are looking for volunteer Optometrists to serve.  Due to the security measures required for the Army Reserve Center, this screening  has a deadline of  August 29th for participant commitments.  We use the Lions District Sight and Hearing Van which is equipped with a slit lamp, auto refractor, tonometer, as well as an ophthalmoscope and retina scope.

There is an expectation that at least 250 Veterans will go through Health and Vision screenings during this event.  The sponsors are the members of the Harbor Mesa Lions Club with the Lions District 4L4 Sight and Hearing Van.

EVENT:  The 4th Annual Veterans Stand Down, complete information can be found on their website, OCStandDown.org

DATES:  Friday and Saturday, September 26th- 27th

LOCATION:  The Tustin Army Reserve Center located at the intersection of Jamboree and Barranca next to The District Shopping Center.

TIMES:  8:00 am until 4:00 pm with Volunteers doing 3 hour shifts of either 8:00 am – 11:00 am,  or 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, or1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Lion Joan Parks: joanrparks@hotmail.com or 949-422-4133

They are really in need of doctors for Friday and for Saturday morning, but any help you can offer would be appreciated!

Thank you,
Thanh Mai OD

OCOS Public Relations

community service

Community Service: Santa Ana Health Screening – September 20

Hello OCOS members!

We need volunteer Optometrists to serve for a Santa Ana Health Fair.  The deadline for volunteer commitments is by September 10, 2014.

There is an expectation that at least 500 people will go through Health and Vision screenings during this event.  The sponsors are the Santa Ana Lions Club, Lestonnac Free Clinic, Healthy Smiles for Kids, Sathya Baba Organization of America, the Well Program, Puenta a la Salud, Cal Optima, UCI and other organizations.


DATES:  Saturday, September 20, 2014

LOCATION:  Valley High School, 1801 S. Greenville Street, Santa Ana, CA  92704

TIMES:  8:00 am until 3:00 pm

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:   Gayle McLean  gaylenurse@gmail.com  and she will direct you to a website to complete an additional volunteer form.  These are  Gayle McLean’s own words:

Santa Ana is a community with a great need and we would really love to have help for as much time someone could give that day.  Please let me know if there is any optometrist interested in helping.  I would be happy to clarify anything.  Thanks for helping us spread the word.”  


Thanh Mai O.D.

OCOS Public Relations


Community Service: LightHouse of Costa Mesa – Oct. 18

Hello OCOS!

A local Lions club is looking for volunteer Optometrists, volunteer Optometry Students, and volunteer Opticians.  The deadline for volunteer commitments is by October 8, 2014.

There is an expectation that at least 60 homeless people will go through this Health and Vision screening.  The sponsors are the Laguna Niguel Lions Club, Kids Vision for Life OC, and Orange County Health agencies.

EVENT:  The Homeless Health and Vision Screening, Lighthouse Outreach Ministries

DATES:  Saturday, October 18, 2014

LOCATION:  The Lighthouse Church ,1885 Anaheim Ave, Costa Mesa, CA  92627

TIMES:  8:30 am until 3:00 pm

To Volunteer Please  CONTACT:   Lion George Vardaman His email is gvard62@gmail.com.


Thanh Mai O.D.

OCOS Public Relations