Appalachian Vision Outreach Program (AVOP)

AVOP patient receives exam from physicianIn 2011, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation awarded an initial startup grant for the Appalachian Vision Outreach Program (AVOP). The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has continued to support this program in coordination with the Alcon Foundation and private donations. 

AVOP provides care to all West Virginians that may not have access due to geographical or financial obstacles. A team from the West Virginia University Eye Institute travels to all areas of the state to provide screenings, full exams, glasses, identification of eye diseases, referrals for specialty care and surgery, if required. In 2017, this team evaluated more than 1,300 patients and identified eye diseases that left untreated could have led to blindness.   

AVOP has partnered with the Free Clinics of WV, community health clinics, Lion’s of WV and local eye care providers to fulfill this mission. 

AVOP is actively seeking funding for this program to continue to reach the underserved in Appalachia.  Please contact Rebecca Coakley at for more information. 

Upcoming Clinics

  • Feb. 22, 2024 — Camden Family Health, 10003 Webster Rd., Camden on Gauley, WV
  • Feb. 23, 2024 — Camden Family Health (Summersville), 415 Main St., Summersville, WV
  • March 15, 2024 — Health Access, 489 Washington Ave., Clarksburg, WV
  • March 29, 2024 — Beckley Health Right, 1111 Randolph Rd., Beckley, WV
  • April 25 & 26, 2024 — West Virginia Health Right, 1520 Washington St., E. Charleston, WV
  • May 23, 2024 — Wheeling Health Right, 61 29th St., Wheeling, WV
  • May 24, 2024 — Change Inc. Family Medical Care (Weirton), 3136 West St., Weirton, WV