The patient care program at SEI encompasses the full range of eye diseases. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty, along with highly skilled clinical fellows and resident physicians, provide integrated consultation and treatment, including surgical services. The JSEI Affiliates has developed several programs that provide humanistic care to enhance the medical services provided at the SEI.
Preschool Vision Screening
Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers; however, most young children do not have the communication skills to notify parents or teachers when they are not seeing properly. The JSEI Affiliates Preschool Vision Program, launched in 1999 through a generous grant from Glorya Kaufman and the Jules and Doris Stein UCLA Support Group, provides free vision screenings at local preschools and community locations throughout Los Angeles to identify refractive errors or eye muscle problems. Early detection of these often treatable conditions helps ensure a lifetime of good vision.
Since the Program’s inception, approximately 260+ preschools have been visited and more than 7,000+ preschoolers, ages three -and -a -half to five, have been screened. As a result, hundreds of preschoolers with undetected vision problems have been referred for a full eye exam, diagnosed and prescribed eyeglasses.
To schedule a preschool vision screening, click here to complete a request form.
Make Surgery Bearable
The Affiliates Make Surgery Bearable program provides plush Dr. Teddy bears to every pediatric patient undergoing eye surgery at SEI. Friends and donors can Sponsor either a teddy bear or book to help a child feel secure during a scary time. Sponsorship is $10.00 per bear or book. (Click here to sponsor a Dr. Teddy)
Established in 2004, the Affiliates Shared Vision program collects and recycles donated eyeglasses for those in need. The eyeglasses are cleaned, tagged with the vision correction prescription and distributed to clinic missions operated by nonprofits groups in Africa, Central America and developing countries, as well as homeless shelters and relief organizations in the United States.
If you would like to donate gently used eyewear, please mail them to:
UCLA – JSEI Affiliates
100 Stein Plaza, Suite 1-124
Los Angeles, California 90095-7000
Patients of the SEI can access a lending library of low-vision assistive devices as part of the services of the UCLA Vision Rehabilitation Center (VRC). Through its MagniVision program, the Affiliates financially supports the center’s lending library by donating new, technologically advanced devices on a regular basis. In addition, Affiliates volunteers work in the Center, assisting low-vision patients and training them on the use of various vision aids.
To become a UCLA SEI Vision Rehabilitation Center volunteer is by invitation only. A minimum of 4 hours/week for a 6-month commitment. Please contact VRC directly to learn of availability.
Vision Rehabilitation Center
The Vision Rehabilitation Center provides rehabilitation for patients with low vision (best corrected vision of 20/70 or worse in the better eye). Though less restrictive than legal blindness (20/200 or worse) or total blindness, low vision can nevertheless limit everyday life. Patients with low vision have a wide range of eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal disease and retinitis pigmentosa.
The Center is staffed by optometrists who provide assistance in the form of patient education and training, as well as consultation on a wide array of technical devices that can help patients adapt to their vision restrictions. Center services are customized for each patient’s individual needs. From simple techniques that optimize lighting and contrast, such as pouring coffee into a white mug, to sophisticated devices like a computerized scanner that interprets written materials and reads it back in a synthesized voice, the Center offers comprehensive options that are not widely available in the community.
Information and referral
Phone: (310) 206-9566
Fax : (310) 206-5673
Doris Stein Eye Research Center, Retina Suite
200 Stein Plaza, First Floor
Melissa Chun, OD, Director
Jennie Kageyama, OD