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 medically necessary eye care services and surgeries at no cost for uninsured, low-income patients. This charity outreach program (formerly Mission Cataract and more recently, Operation Eyesight) began in 2001 after a group of community-oriented ophthalmologists and nurses noticed an increase in the number of patients in need of treatment, but without adequate insurance coverage or the financial resources to afford it. The program is a volunteer effort supported by surgeons and members of the ophthalmology community, along with the assistance of anesthetists and vendors willing to donate their time, expertise, equipment, and supplies.


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.