The Vision Project

The Minnesota Eye Foundation’s charity outreach program, The Vision Project (TVP), is an annual two-day event where surgeons and clinical professionals donate their time and expertise to performing sight-restoring eye surgeries at no cost for low-income patients without insurance coverage. 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.

TVP patients are individuals residing throughout the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and Wisconsin who are in need of sight-restoring surgical intervention, but who are facing dire financial burdens – unemployment, bankruptcy or lack of insurance or disability benefits.

“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. Elizabeth A. Davis, board-certified ophthalmologist, partner and medical director of Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Surgery Center, who helped launch the program in 2001, Davis. “Our goal now is to inspire other practices, medical providers and volunteers to help serve the growing needs for these patients.”

Patients who qualify for The Vision Project surgical procedures are not eligible  for insurance assistance programs 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 the Program Administrator by calling 952-346-2192 or emailing