The Vision Project

Dr. Richard LindstromMinnesota Eye Foundation's charity outreach program, The Vision Project, is an annual two-day event where Minnesota Eye Consultants employees – surgeons and clinic professionals - contribute their time and skills to perform eye surgeries at no cost for patients without insurance coverage.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Davis, board-certified ophthalmologist, partner and medical director of Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Surgery Center, who helped launch this volunteer program in 2002, said “We are seeing a rapidly growing number of patients with special vision needs and dire financial circumstances who just aren’t being served in today’s economy.”

Operation Eyesight They are patients from the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and Wisconsin who are in need of eye surgery, but who are facing dire financial burdens  – unemployment, bankruptcy or lack of insurance or disability benefits. Without insurance or Medicaid or other support, surgery is, simply, not an option.

For most patients, there are two surgeries and two post-surgical visits involved. Beyond the volunteer efforts of the surgeons and medical/professional teams at Minnesota Eye Consultants, all supplies, equipment and medications are donated to The Vision Project surgical patients.

“It has truly been rewarding to serve these folks by engaging our entire team -- surgeons, physicians, clinic professionals and even their families – in this volunteer effort,” said Dr. Davis. “Our goal now is to inspire other practices, medical providers and volunteers to help serve the growing needs for these patients.”

She added, “We all benefit in this effort by ensuring that these patients receive the medical attention they deserve, especially in light of the financial difficulties or special challenges they face every day,” said Dr. Davis. “It’s our way of giving back to the community and supporting people who can benefit from the care and attention of others."

Patients who qualify for The Vision Project surgical procedures are not Medicaid eligible and have no other means of financial support to correct their vision problem. If you currently know of an individual in this category, please contact a member of our Vision Project Committee by calling 952-346-2192 or emailing

Apply to be considered for The Vision Project