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Appalachian Vision Outreach Program (AVOP)

The Appalachian Vision Outreach Program (AVOP) was created to improve local vision care to the most underserved and socio-economically isolated populations of West Virginia. Vision screening, general clinics, sub-specialty clinical services, and education on the importance of vision health are made available for those who don't have access to regular eye care and are not able to travel to the Eye Institute because of lack of transportation or other barriers.

AVOP began in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Our physicians and ophthalmic technicians travel throughout the state to provide these services to those in need. In the first year of service, AVOP provided vision care to over 400 individuals in four counties. In 2012, we expanded AVOP to seven counties and greatly exceeded the number of adults seen for vision care. Expansion was possible thanks to continued support from the Benedum Foundation and individual gifts along with partnerships with local Lions Clubs, the WV Association of Free Clinics, and Spectrum Optical.

If you would like to learn more about AVOP and how you can help us continue this worthwhile outreach program to the underserved, contact Susan Trantham at the WVU Eye Institute.