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VEI Selected as Best Optometry Practice for 2019 by Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia Eye Institute is very proud to announce that we’ve been selected by Richmond Times-Dispatch as The Best Optometry Practice for 2019! We really appreciate the award and all of the support from our community. To can read more from the Richmond Times Dispatch by picking up one of their newspapers or visiting their website […]

World Keratoconus Day

What is World KC Day? World Keratoconus Day is celebrated on November 10th. It is sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation, an educational program of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about keratoconus (KC), as well as educating and advocating for those living with keratoconus. What is […]

Gift of Light Campaign to Raise Funds and Awareness

The ‘Gift of Light’ campaign, launched in 2013, supports Conexus programs such as VisioCheck, its screening program, as well as its Mobile Vision Clinic program, a free program that provides in-school non-dilated eye exams and prescription glasses to children. The Mobile Vision Clinic exams are performed by state-licensed optometrists and, if prescribed, students are able […]

Virginia Eye Institute has teamed up with VSA

Al Williams

Virginia Eye Institute has teamed up with VSA (Vascular Surgery Associates) to raise $6,000 for the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and is a team of over 50+! Our Physician Practices Unite t-shirts were distributed throughout the week and multiple physician practices were in attendance this past Saturday at the STEP OUT Walk. What a great […]

World Sight Day Challenge

Happy World Sight Day from Virginia Eye Institute! Are you up for the World Sight Day Challenge? There are over 1.2 billion people around the world who are blind or vision impaired because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. You can donate or fundraise for the World Sight […]

Bon Air Artists Association (BAAA)

The Bon Air Artists Association (BAAA) was founded in 1974 by J’net Kaulfers to encourage her students from her oil painting classes. Their talents and interests had grown beyond their classes and the annual exhibits on her backyard fence. The Bon Air Artists Association became an organization to promote cultural awareness, offer excellent programs and […]

Linda Gilliam – Photographer

Linda Gilliam - Photographer

My passion for photography started at a young age. The first photograph I remember taking was of my mother and father at the park when I was a child with an old Brownie camera. Many things have changed since then in the field of photography. My love and passion for the art of photography has […]

Health fair in Petersburg Aug 12th

Join Appomattox Area Health & Wellness Center and the Petersburg Health Care Alliance for our annual Resource Fair! Many thanks to our sponsors – The City of Petersburg, Magellan Health, Petersburg Eye Center and Digestive Care. When: Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT Where: Petersburg Old Town Train Station 103 […]

YMCA Backpack drive Aug 8th

Backpack

VEI partners with YMCA every year to donate school supplies to kids in need. Tomorrow, August 8th, the YMCA of Greater Richmond (2 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA) is doing a Backpack Drive for Back to School! Make a difference in your community and help prepare a child for success in school. Caring adult volunteers […]

Back to School Expo 2019

WELCOME TO THE BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO 2019 We are very excited you are participating in our 3rd annual Back to School Expo.  We are looking forward to a busy and successful day. Here are the details for set up and breakdown: Location Chesterfield Towne Center 11500 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond, VA 23235 Set-Up Vendors can […]

Virginia Eye Institute is very proud to announce that we’ve been selected by Richmond Times-Dispatch as The Best Optometry Practice for 2019! We really appreciate the award and all of the support from our community.

To can read more from the Richmond Times Dispatch by picking up one of their newspapers or visiting their website at: www.richmond.com

VEI Selected as Best Optometry Practice for 2019 by Richmond Times Dispatch

What is World KC Day?

World Keratoconus Day is celebrated on November 10th. It is sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation, an educational program of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about keratoconus (KC), as well as educating and advocating for those living with keratoconus.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus often referred to as ‘KC’, is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the typically round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and weakens, causing a cone-like bulge to develop. This can result in significant visual loss.

Click here to watch a video about World KC Day by Avedro

World Keratoconus Day

Gift of Light

The ‘Gift of Light’ campaign, launched in 2013, supports Conexus programs such as VisioCheck, its screening program, as well as its Mobile Vision Clinic program, a free program that provides in-school non-dilated eye exams and prescription glasses to children. The Mobile Vision Clinic exams are performed by state-licensed optometrists and, if prescribed, students are able to choose their very own pair of glasses and a Conexus optician will return a few weeks later to distribute the glasses.

“Right here in our backyard, we know that poor vision is a barrier to a child’s success,” said Tim Gresham, Conexus CEO. “We also know that the vast majority of children in our region did not visit an eye care professional before starting the school year, so our vision screenings and Mobile Vision Clinic programs are a critical component to that child’s chance at success because studies indicate that about 80% of what a child learns in a normal classroom setting is through their vision.”

“Over the years, the ‘Gift of Light’ campaign has had numerous variations, but a partnership with Virginia Eye Institute, VEI, has always been the cornerstone,” explained Jeff Baldwin, Conexus Communications Director. “This holiday season, we are proud to continue that relationship with VEI and we are extremely excited to add our friends at James Limousine and WRIC-TV 8 to the mix.”

“When so many of us Richmonders think of the holiday season, one of the first things that come to mind is the Tacky Lights,” added Gresham. “Because of Conexus, thousands of children will see these lights clearly for the first time this year!”

This year’s ‘Gift of Light’ campaign will include the opportunity for the public to support the fundraising efforts through the purchase of holiday prism glasses via a nominal donation. A limited quantity of glasses will be available at select VEI locations, at Conexus headquarters in Chesterfield, as well as at Grand Illumination on Friday, December 6th. Donations to ‘Gift of Light’ can also be made in person, or online at ConexusVision.org.

For a charitable gift of $10, Conexus can provide a child a VisioCheck screening; for a charitable gift of $50, Conexus can provide an eye exam and glasses for a child; for a charitable gift of $150, Conexus can provide screening for an entire classroom; and for a larger charitable gift of $500, Conexus can provide an entire day of Mobile Vision Clinic services.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Conexus screened over 54,000 children across the Commonwealth and 16,959 were referred for additional exams; a rate of 31.2%. The national average is 25%. In Greater Richmond, 12,006 children were screened by Conexus with a referral rate of a staggering 39%.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Conexus is providing its VisioCheck screenings for state-mandated kindergarten, third, seventh, and tenth grade in Richmond City, Petersburg City, Hopewell City, Colonial Heights City Public Schools, as well as children in Chesterfield County Title 1 public school; an estimated total of 12,000-plus children. In addition, Conexus is providing its Mobile Vision Clinic program to students in Richmond City Elementary, Petersburg City, and Chesterfield County Title 1 schools that receive referrals as a result of their vision screening.

“It is apparent that in classrooms across our region, children are struggling not because they lack ability or desire, but simply because they lack all the tools they need to succeed,” added Baldwin. “By supporting the ‘Gift of Light’ campaign, you can change a child’s life by ensuring that poor vision is no longer a barrier to their success!”

ABOUT CONEXUS

Conexus, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help every child reach their fullest potential by eliminating undetected and untreated vision problems as barriers to success in school and life. Originally established in 1957 to Prevent Blindness, becoming Conexus in 2014, the agency strives to support an unmet need within the vision community.  80% of what a child learns in school is through vision and 1 in 4 school children have a vision problem significant enough to impact learning. The Essilor Vision Foundation reports that children with uncorrected vision of less than 20/20 are 3 times more likely to fail a grade in school.  Undetected and untreated vision problems impact the incidences of juvenile delinquency, adult illiteracy, and unreached potential.

Conexus views children’s vision screening, when done appropriately, as a single task strategically incorporated as part of a comprehensive program to achieve the broader objective; changing the way the consumer thinks about and takes care of their vision. Conexus believes that a comprehensive program must contain the following well established and distinct components in order to be effective: a trusting and receptive partnership, education; quality best practice screening protocols; certified and credentialed delivery; informative and dynamic method to communicate results for both pass and refer; access to care; proper data collection analysis and follow-up.  Visit www.conexusvision.org for more information.

Gift of Light Campaign to Raise Funds and Awareness

Virginia Eye Institute has teamed up with VSA (Vascular Surgery Associates) to raise $6,000 for the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and is a team of over 50+! Our Physician Practices Unite t-shirts were distributed throughout the week and multiple physician practices were in attendance this past Saturday at the STEP OUT Walk. What a great showing for our coalition! Thank you for your tremendous support.

Al Williams
If I can run with one leg, you can run with two,”
said Al Williams, diabetic patient with lower limb prosthesis, who has become our champion and partner with the ADA, Brad Smith, and Debbie Bradshaw, VSA Referral Development Coordinator

Virginia Eye Institute has teamed up with VSA

Happy World Sight Day from Virginia Eye Institute! Are you up for the World Sight Day Challenge?

There are over 1.2 billion people around the world who are blind or vision impaired because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. You can donate or fundraise for the World Sight Day Challenge to ensure no child is limited by poor vision.

The World Sight Day Challenge is a major international fundraising campaign that brings the global optometry community together to help end avoidable blindness and vision impairment. Together, we can make a bigger impact. Will you take the challenge?

DONATE HERE: https://www.givingsight.org/donation-us.html

 

$100 can provide eyecare for up to 20 children $60 can provide a "study pack" for optometry students in countries such as India $25 can help provide 5 eye exams and 5 glasses to transform livesHelp a child see today!

World Sight Day Challenge

The Bon Air Artists Association (BAAA) was founded in 1974 by J’net Kaulfers to encourage her students from her oil painting classes. Their talents and interests had grown beyond their classes and the annual exhibits on her backyard fence.

The Bon Air Artists Association became an organization to promote cultural awareness, offer excellent programs and to give up-and-coming artists the chance to meet, share and exhibit with other artists.

Since 1974, the BAAA has grown as an active, friendly, and stimulating organization.  It not only fulfills the needs of local artists, but also extends opportunities to the artistic needs of artists in the Chesterfield County and Richmond metropolitan area.

The BAAA regularly meets the first Frida of each month (except for July and August) at 9:30 AM at the Congregation Or Ami, located at 9400 W. Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia.  Two types of membership are available:  Regular membership and exhibiting membership.  For more information, contact Lynn Sewell, Membership Chair, at (804) 639-2159 or President Gloria Callahan at (804) 379-0016.

Bon Air Artists Association (BAAA)

My passion for photography started at a young age. The first photograph I remember taking was of my mother and father at the park when I was a child with an old Brownie camera.

Many things have changed since then in the field of photography. My love and passion
for the art of photography has grown into the small samples of what you see exhibited
here today.

Land, sky, water, light and weather all make for incredible opportunities to enjoy the natural surroundings and experience space in its most basic forms. These photographs capture those elements and are one of a kind – taken in a time and space never to be
repeated again.

My desire for this exhibit is to bring you a few moments of relaxation; to enjoy the beauty of our amazing world aside from the cares of the day. If it does that for you then I have attained my goal. Enjoy

All photographs are for sale. Profits from the show will be donated to the
Virginia Eye Institute Foundation.

For Sales or Exhibition Information
Please call 804-237-2774 or email me at lgphoto@msn.com

Linda Gilliam – Photographer

Join Appomattox Area Health & Wellness Center and the Petersburg Health Care Alliance for our annual Resource Fair! Many thanks to our sponsors – The City of Petersburg, Magellan Health, Petersburg Eye Center and Digestive Care.

When:

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

Where:

Petersburg Old Town Train Station
103 River St, Petersburg, Virginia 23803

Hosted by Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center

Health fair in Petersburg Aug 12th

VEI partners with YMCA every year to donate school supplies to kids in need. Tomorrow, August 8th, the YMCA of Greater Richmond (2 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA) is doing a Backpack Drive for Back to School!

Make a difference in your community and help prepare a child for success in school. Caring adult volunteers are needed for a variety of roles to help make YMCA Bright Beginnings a success!

LEARN MORE & DONATE HERE:https://www.ymcarichmond.org/give/bright-beginnings/

Volunteer Opportunities Include:
– Go shopping with a child
– Making a donation
– Donating basic school supplies and new book bags

YMCA Backpack drive Aug 8th

WELCOME TO THE BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO 2019

We are very excited you are participating in our 3rd annual Back to School Expo.  We are looking forward to a busy and successful day. Here are the details for set up and breakdown:

Location

Chesterfield Towne Center
11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235

Set-Up

Vendors can set up starting at 8 am.  You can enter the mall through either the H & M entrance or the Old Navy entrance.  Once you enter, a Channel 8 employee will help you locate your area.  All set up must be completed by 10am with dollies, carts, etc. put back in your vehicles by this time.

Vehicles

If you are bringing a vehicle into the event, you must arrive by 7 am.  Vehicles will be brought in through the H & M entrance.  The entrance measures 6’8” W x 9’10” H.  If your vehicle will not fit through this doorway, we have another option to get your vehicle in.

  • Vehicles/Simulators can only be loaded into or removed from the mall outside of operating hours. Please contact your rep to let them know when you will remove the vehicle so this can be coordinated with mall security.
  • Vehicles must have ¼ tank of gas or less to enter the mall.
  • Mats must be placed under all 4 tires while in the mall. Floor mats will work for this.
  • If your vehicle is larger than the door measurements above, please contact your rep so we can coordinate you coming in the alternative door.

Breakdown  The expo ends at 4pm.  At this time, you will be able to pack up your items and exit the mall.  Please refrain from breaking your table down early or pulling in dollies/carts to pack up until 4pm.

Helpful Hints and Information

  • We are expecting a large crowd for this event so please plan staffing and giveaways accordingly.
  • You will have a 6’ table and 2 chairs, so please remember to bring your tablecloths.
  • Due to fire codes, no tents or balloons are allowed at your vendor space in the mall.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the mall.
  • We have a large number of vendors this year and this is an open table set up (no pipe and drape).  Please be mindful of this when planning your space.  If your set up is large, please contact your rep to discuss in further detail.
  • We have promoted this event HEAVILY on Channel 8, WRIC.com, social media and with our radio partner Radio One, and we encourage you to do the same.  Please feel free to share this event on your social media, eblast, etc.  Here is a link with all of the details:
  • https://www.wric.com/back-to-school/annual-8news-back-to-school-expo-is-august-3/
  • If you have any questions regarding the event please reach out to your account rep or you can contact Chandra Clarke 804-433-6373.

Thank you for being our partner in this event!  We look forward to a fun, successful day!

Back to School Expo 2019
Appts Richmond
(804) 287-4216
Richmond Toll Free
(800) 348-2393
After Hours
(804) 257-5116
Fax Number
(804) 287-4210
Referring Provider
(804) 287-4700
Referring Provider Fax
(804) 282-1967

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