About the Organization



The Minnesota Eye Foundation (MEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2005 to enrich the quality of life of individuals living throughout the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin through charitable outreach, education, and research.


The Vision Project (TVP) provides indigent patients with medically necessary eye care services and surgeries at no cost. It is a volunteer effort supported by a group of ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, and anesthetists willing to donate their time and expertise to assist those less fortunate. 

This charity outreach program began in 2004 after Dr. Elizabeth A. Davis, board-certified ophthalmologist and partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants (MEC), noticed an increase in the number of patients in need of surgical care, but without the means to afford it. With Dr. Davis’ continued leadership of the program and tireless efforts to encourage a spirit of volunteerism and charity, TVP has grown from a small two-day surgical event to a year-round program offering referral services, extended post-operative care, and non-surgical eye care services..


The Minnesota Eye Foundation created the Strides 4 Sight 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run in 2014 to increase awareness and funding for The Vision Project. The event is a volunteer effort led by the Minnesota Eye Foundation and Strides 4 Sight Committee, a group of volunteers dedicated to making a difference throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.